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Beloved Puerto Rican comedian Luis Raul Martinez dies at age 51 from pneumonia complications
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 5:34 PM EST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican comedian and actor Luis Raul Martinez has died at age 51 in his Caribbean homeland.
Martinez was known for energetic stand-up routines and a slew of memorable characters, including an elderly pot-smoking woman dubbed Dona Mary Jane. He performed before 17,000 fans last year at a stadium in Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan. He was also a TV show host.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla is praising Martinez as an "extraordinary actor and comedian" and has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings for three days.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Martinez is survived by his parents and his sister.