NAMES IN THE NEWS : Cugat Treated for Lung Ailment
Band leader Xavier Cugat received emergency treatment for severe lung inflammation at a clinic today.
Doctors at Quiron Clinic said the 89-year-old musician “was responding favorably.” He was admitted to the clinic’s intensive care unit, spokeswoman Inmaculada Cuenca said. Cugat and his family left Spain for Cuba when he was 4. A U.S. citizen since the age of 12, Cugat retired from band leading in 1970 and 10 years later returned to Spain, where he had been born in the northeastern town of Gerona on Jan. 1, 1900.