While many sites are claiming that the Cuban-born singer would have turned 88 years old today, Time magazine reports Cruz was always "coy about her exact birth year."
During her 55-year career Cruz recorded more than 78 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and was featured in several film and TV productions.
The La Negra Tiene Tumbao singer died of brain cancer at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey on July 16, 2003.
"There have been many posthumous tributes to Celia in these last ten years, but this one by Google is certainly one of the most important and far-reaching," Omer Pardillo-Cid, sole executor of the Celia Cruz Estate, said in a press release. "She would have loved it!"
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