Elkin Ramírez had been admitted at the Las Americas Clinic since last month due to health complications. The singer was diagnosed with fibrous edema in his left brain in 2015. The condition affected the right part of his brain, limiting his ability to move his right limbs. His vocal cords, eyes, ears, and sense of smell were also affected. Ramírez underwent a successful operation to remove the tumor (linked page is in Spanish), El Espectator reported. He continued to undergo chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and other procedures.
However, his condition took a turn for the worst in December, 2016, due to undisclosed complications and Ramírez was admitted to the hospital.
Elkin Ramírez was born in October, 1962, in Medellin. From a young age, he had an interest in music. The self-taught musician was deeply influenced by Led Zeppelin. Elkin Kraken developed a unique music style and vocal technique that many have tried to imitate over the years. Before creating the six-man Kraken band, Ramírez was part of two bands briefly in the '80s, namely Kripzy and Ferrotrack.
As a testament to his life's work, Kraken is one of the biggest rock bands in Columbia today. The band celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013 by recording and releasing a DVD of one of their shows. With the death of band leader Ramírez, it is unclear what will happen to Kraken.
During one of his final public appearances in July last year, Ramírez revealed that Kraken was working on a new album, according to El Colombiano. He noted that they were at the stage of mixing and mastering the records. While expressing optimism that their fans would like Kraken's upcoming album, Ramírez thanked the fans for their continued support.
"Thank you for your loyalty, do not abandon us and understand that in difficult times you know the people who really love you. Kraken goes ahead, we go with everything, I love you all, and I miss you very much, see you soon," he said.