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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, News | 12 comments

Update on Ernesto Tamayo.

Update on Ernesto Tamayo.

Dear friends,

This post is to let you know that my brother and sister-in-law are already in Washington DC spending time with Ernesto (I first wrote about him here). My brother wanted everyone to know that Ernesto is doing amazing under the circumstances. He is still eating, somehow alert, but most importantly, very grateful for all the love.


In my brother’s words: “Para el [Ernesto] todo está  bien y tiene mucha Paz. Todo le parece “increíble” y “muy bien” “como en heaven”, esas son sus palabras . Siempre con una sonrisa y ni una queja de dolor. Oremos por su transición con paz y amor a una nueva forma de vida.”

Translation: “For Ernesto all is well and he has a lot peace. Everything seems “amazing” and “very good”, “as in heaven”, those are his words. Always with a smile and not a complaint of pain. Let’s pray for his transition to a new way of life to be peaceful and with love.”

I hope that you’re having a great weekend. Lots of love and let’s keep sending our good energy to Ernesto!


Below is a video that my brother recorded with his cellphone. You can listen to Ernesto’s music on the background. [UPDATE 1: I have deleted the little video because it makes my sister-in-law too sad, she was in the video with Ernesto. This has been a very emotional experience for her. I am so sorry.

UPDATE 2: Dear friends, I had previously posted 3 photos of Ernesto taken at the hospital, it was his way to say hi to those who can’t go visit him in person. But two of his friends had an unexpected reaction to the images (they basically preferred to remember Ernesto as he looked in the past). In consideration of their personal feelings I have decided to replace those photos with the one that you see now, taken many years ago in Cuba. Ernesto is the young handsome man on the left, in blue.

I just want to add, that Ernesto is absolutely in peace with his current situation and he wants everyone to know that he’s happy. Being the sensitive and profound soul that he has always been, this doesn’t come as a surprise. He’s finding beauty and happiness in the smallest things that most of us take from granted. What a great lesson to learn from a unique human being.


  1. Love and godspeed to Ernesto. Your life and music have made this world a better place for all of us. Peace.

  2. Thank you Elsa.

  3. I hope that Ernesto agreed for these pictures to be public. My prayers are with him.

    • He did, Maria. That’s why the pictures are here. But I am considering removing them because some of his friends have reacted negatively to the images, which I personally understand, but it hurst a little bit because Ernesto is still with us and this is who he is at this time and he is totally in peace with it.
      Thanks for your prayers.
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  4. Thank you for this update, Elsa. Is there a way to get in contact with Ernesto and his family?

  5. Dear Ernesto – you were the best flight student any instructor could ever hope to have. Be strong, my friend, and know that one day we will all be together. Ed & Margie Deitch

  6. When Ernesto first came to the United States, he stayed with us for a while in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He played a concert for the people of Cheyenne, and the funds earned helped him to support himself at Peabody. We love him dearly, and regret that we’ve not been in touch. We have been trying for many months to reach out to him, but have not been able to find a way to reach him until we found this posting. We want Ernesto to know that we love him and are thinking of him. Our prayers are with him and with all of his friends and family. Please, if you are able, let him know that Russ, Barbara, Katie and Grant Williams of Cheyenne are here for him. As you or he are able, please let us know if there is a way to contact Ernesto and/or to stay in touch. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know. With much love … Russ Williams

  7. Dear Ernesto,

    We have kept you in our hearts since first you visited us for a concert and stayed at our house some years ago in Knoxville. You were, are, and always will be one of our favorites. Then later you brought your dear, sweet wife with you for another concert. We were so delighted and felt so privileged to have the both of you in our home. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. And let me encourage you to keep your faith strong in our blessed savior Jesus Christ; as he is the source of eternal life. With all our hearts we wish we could be with you. Hopefully, some day we will. Until then, dear friend, we wish you peace. We both send love and hugs. Larry and Birdie Long p.s. If possible we would love to hear from some family member.

  8. Sending love and prayers to Ernesto. I’d hoped I could post an article that was written about him some time ago (“The Sounds of Guitar” from the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, October 20, 1995; promoting a concert that he played there), but do not seem to have “permissions” to do so. If there is a way to send this to someone to post, please email me. Please also email and let me know if there is any way to contact Ernesto – an email address, postal address, phone number – anything. I’ve been calling all the numbers I had, but without any luck and would very much like to be able to tell him that I am thinking of him (as is my family in Wyoming). With much love – Katie

  9. Ernesto has passed away due to his cancer on Oct. 17 at 2:30 pm. He was with family and friends in Havana. We will all miss his great ability to play his guitar and amazing teaching abilty. He was a close friend and admired perfectionist.

    • My thoughts were very focused on Ernesto today. I last saw him in Linthicum, Md… shortly before his return to Havana. I am just now, read of his passing.

      I knew Ernesto only a few weeks… but his compassion… and the beauty of his soul… Through those incredible blue eyes of his… has forever moved me. I know he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. My prayers are with you.

  10. Hello all.. my name is Ken and to be honest I have been thinking about Ernesto and his music on and off for years. I could not remember his name until this very moment. To be honest I cannot really remember where we met I just remember Ernesto and as I am typing I remember Marnie. I will tell you that at 48 I usually remember things and it’s killing me right now that I cannot remember how we spent time together but I think we met in Maryland when I sold cars. That is how he gets into your mind with such a loving personality and wonderful person. It saddens me so to learn of his passing. I am sure I am one of the many many people that he has touched with his kind heart. I just wanted to share with you my thoughts… on Ernesto! I will say a prayer for the family and Marnie.

    Ken Brown

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