Frank Amadeo, the longtime president of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Estefan Enterprises, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. On Friday night (December 11th) the 57-year-old died suddenly of a heart attack.

An inordinately kind and beloved music professional, Amadeo worked for the Estefans for nearly 30 years and was instrumental in growing the Latin power couple’s legendary, multi-faceted brand. Not only did Frank manage Gloria Estefan’s career, but her also oversaw Estefan Enterprises’ hotels, restaurants and recording studio. Far more than a business associate, those who knew him well regarded Amadeo as part of the extended Estefan family.

“I am devastated, shocked beyond belief and sad beyond words to share with you the sudden and unexpected passing of Frank Joseph Amadeo […] the most trusted ally we could have ever hoped for and an angel to everyone that had the good fortune of knowing him,” wrote Gloria Estefan on her Instagram account.

“In the great journey that is life, few people appear [that can be counted on] in sad moments and in moments of joy,” wrote Emilio Estefan on Instagram. There are not enough words to express the great love and gratitude that we have for Frank Amadeo. A key man in our lives. You are irreplaceable.”

In the following social media post the Latin Recording Academy made note of the impact Frank Amadeo had on those who knew him.

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