Julio Ghigliotty Matos, a veteran Puerto Rican journalist who worked for The Associated Press and other organizations on the island, has died. He was 62.
Ghigliotty died Monday at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan after a battle with stomach cancer, said Daisy Sanchez, his ex-wife.
Gov. Luis Fortuno, San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini and other local officials issued statements of condolences to the family of Ghigliotty, who was widely known after a career with several of the most prominent news organizations in the U.S. island territory.
“Puerto Rico has suffered the loss of a great journalist who we will always remember for his commitment to his profession and his humanity,” Santini said.
Ghigliotty was born in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo but grew up in Brooklyn, New York, Sanchez said. He returned to Puerto Rico after serving in the U.S. Army and began his journalism career with The San Juan Star, she said. He was an editor and reporter with AP in San Juan from 1987-1992. He later worked for about 13 years as an editor and reporter for El Nuevo Dia, the island’s largest paper.
At the time of his death, he had been working for Inter News Service.
Ghigliotty is survived by a son, Gustavo Julian, and mother, Margarita. Services are pending.
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