The internationally syndicated flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, Walter Mercado, has died. He caught the attention of the world with his extravagant televised readings of horoscopes, died on Saturday at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan.
Mercado’s death was confirmed by Sofia Luquis, a hospital spokeswoman. He was 87 years old.
For over 15 years he hosted a popular tv show called, “Primer Impacto” on Univision. Mercado, a former dancer and actor, would flamboyantly read the horoscopes rolling his r’s with gusto and elegantly twirling his hands for emphasis. Mr. Mercado was a fixture in the homes of Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as those in the United States, reaching an estimated 120 million viewers a day.
He ended each segment with his usual saying, “God bless you all, today tomorrow and always,” he would say, “and I hope you receive from me peace, a lot of peace.” Then, he would blow a kiss to the viewers with, “Pero sobre todo, mucho, mucho, mucho amor.”