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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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Norma Zenteno (credit: Facebook)

Norma Zenteno (credit: Facebook)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston singer and songwriter Norma Zenteno died Friday afternoon of complications from  her treatments for breast cancer. She was 60.

The singer and guitarist was the daughter of acclaimed trumpet player, Robert Zenteno with the family of Zentenos considered Houston’s first family of salsa.

On the musician’s Facebook page were updates about her condition: “We want to give everyone an update on Norma’s status. She is still in critical condition. After her kidneys started shutting down earlier today, the doctors put her on dialysis and she is responding well to it. The doctors still have not been able to diagnose her condition and are running lots of tests. Her family is with her and is doing as well as can be expected,” as stated on the singer’s Facebook page.

Later the announcement of her death was posted: “We want to give everyone an update on Norma’s status. She is still in critical condition. After her kidneys started shutting down earlier today, the doctors put her on dialysis and she is responding well to it. The doctors still have not been able to diagnose her condition and are running lots of tests. Her family is with her and is doing as well as can be expected.”

Zenteno began singing and writing songs when she was a young girl after her father gave her an electric guitar.Roberto Zenteno led big bands in Houston for more than 50 years before his death in 2004.

The ever-popular Norma Zenteno Band, which includes her brothers Javier, Bobby and Ernie were regulars on the Houston music scene. Fans were always standing as they played their signature mixes of jazz, Latin and rock.

 

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