Argentinian dancer and choreographer Juan Carlos Copes, died on Saturday at the age of 89, due to complications related to Covid-19, his family announced.
“Everything happened so fast, my father is dead. He will always shine among the stars and in the history of tango dance,” his daughter Johana Copes announced on Facebook.
Copes contracted coronavirus last December.
Copes, who was born on May 31, 1931 in the capital Buenos Aires, was famous for creating a whole different style of tango and transferring this popular dance to the most important international theaters.
He started dancing with his wife Maria Nieves when he was 17 and she 14, becoming a legendary duo.
Although their marriage life lasted from 1964 to 1973, they continued to perform together until 1997.
The couple played an effective role in the Tango Renaissance in the 1970s and, particularly, in Argentine.
The Argentinian dancer was the first to create choreographed tango stage shows, in addition to working in seven films.
Later in his career, he partnered with Johana, his daughter from his second wife.