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A day after revealing his diagnosis, Don Omar says he is now cancer free

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Reocording artist Don Omar performs in 2009 in New York City.
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Reggaeton star Don Omar, 46, announced Tuesday that he is now cancer-free.

“Today I woke up without cancer and grateful. Thank you for your well wishes, prayers and thousands of messages. My operation was a total success and now what’s left is my recovery,” the “Duty Love” singer wrote in Spanish in an Instagram post.

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a copyright infringement lawsuit against Bad Bunny, Karol G, J Balvin and dozens more reggaeton artists can move forward.

May 31, 2024

On Monday, the “Dile” singer shocked fans by disclosing via the popular social media platform that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Don Omar did not provide specifics about his condition, and his publicity team did not respond to emails seeking comment from The Times.

“Today yes, but tomorrow I won’t have cancer,” Don Omar wrote in Spanish in an Instagram post that featured an image of him wearing a medical wristband from Orlando Health. “The well wishes have been well received. We’ll see you soon.”

Born William Omar Landrón Rivera in Puerto Rico, Don Omar often describes himself as “El Rey” of reggaeton in his music. The two-time Latin Grammy winner first gained popularity in 2003 with “The Last Don,” his debut album that featured such tracks as “Dale Don Dale” and “Pobre Diabla.” His sophomore follow-up, 2006’s “King of Kings,” reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200. Don Omar has also appeared in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, portraying street racer Rico Santos.

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Several artists and celebrities expressed their well wishes on social media following the announcement, including Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Olga Ta?on and fellow collaborators Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Farruko.

“My sweet child, you are a warrior of a million battles and you will with this one too of course,” wrote Ta?on.

“Onward William the first mental and attitude battle you have won, my respects,” Daddy Yankee wrote in a comment. The two performers were involved in a years-long feud before burying the hatchet in December 2023. “Now to win the physical! You are in my prayers, and above everything, more than ever before I wish you HEALTH AND LIFE!”

The announcement comes ahead of the second leg of his Back to Reggaeton U.S. tour, which is scheduled to kick off in Oakland on Aug. 7. It’s unclear whether the tour will continue.

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