Following Tito’s death, Humacao mayor Luis Raúl Sánchez declared a five-day mourning period, starting on Saturday. “I contacted a family spokesperson to offer and make available the facilities of the Marcelo Trujillo Panisse Coliseum for the wake of our friend and Humacaeño Tito Rojas,” Luis said in a statement, according to CNN en Español.
Wanda Vázquez Garced, governor of Puerto Rico, marked the loss in a tweet on Saturday. “We and the world of salsa are in mourning with the sad departure of our Tito Rojas, Gallo Salsero,” Wanda wrote in Spanish. “Our family loves salsa, and we deeply feel his departure. A hug of solidarity from us to your family members. Rest in peace!”
Gilberto Santa Rosa, a Puerto Rican singer and bandleader known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” or “The Gentleman of Salsa,” tweeted, “My dear Gallo, we are going to miss you and remember you in every song, in every saying and in every gesture of affection and companionship that you left.”
And on Instagram that day, Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Don Omar posted a photo of Tito and wrote, “Rest in peace.”