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Cuban songwriter 'Mimí' Elena Casals, mother of musician-producer Desmond Child, dies at 85

Sad news to report from musician, songwriter and producer Desmond Child:

His mother, Cuban songwriter "Mimí" Elena Casals, died on March 17 in Nashville. Child, who grew up in Miami, sent friends this email:

"Mimí" Elena Casals

Born... Pinar del Rio, Cuba
January 28th, 1927

Sailed on... Nashville, Tennessee
March 17th, 2012

Beloved mother of Desmond Child & Frederick Joseph Barrett

Adored grandmother of Marylou, Freddy & Natalya Barrett; Roman & Nyro Child

Songwriter
Poet
Singer
Musician
Comedian
Satirist
Patriot
Inventor
Visionary
Beautiful
Untamable
Irrepressible
&
Devastatingly... Irreplaceable

In lieu of a charitable donation... please send flowers to:

Funeraria Memorial Plan
1717 South West 37th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33145
(305) 642-7141
(To arrive on Wed. March 21st by 3pm)

SANGRE DE BOLERO
The passionate songs of Elena Casals have been recorded by Olga Guillot, Roberto Ledesma, Lucho Gatica, Grisel Sanchez and many more in an artistic life of music and poetry that has spanned over 70 years.

We are so very proud of her.

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