Emilio Estefan Sr., father of the Latin music mogul, died Tuesday March 4 in Miami. He was 83.
Estefan Sr. played the plump and comical ambassador in a music video for the Miami Sound Machine’s hit song “Conga,” which featured singer Gloria Estefan, wife of Estefan Jr.
The Miami Sound Machine’s office was once located in Estefan Sr.’s garage. His son later built a home for his parents on his Star Island compound.
Estefan Sr. was born in Santiago de Cuba and moved to Spain with Estefan Jr. in 1966. His wife and another son stayed in Cuba because the boy was of military draft age and couldn’t leave until 1980.
Estefan Sr. came to Miami in 1968, a year after Estefan Jr., and opened a clothing business in Hialeah.