Guitarist Jorge Santana, younger brother of Carlos Santana, has died aged 68

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Jorge Santana, Carlos Santana’s younger brother, has died at the age of 68.

Carlos Santana announced his brother’s passing on his official Facebook page.

“We take time to celebrate the magnificent spirit of our beloved brother Jorge,” Carlos wrote.

“He transitioned unto the realm of light that cast no shadow. [T]he eyes of my heart clearly see him right in between our glorious and magnificent mother Josefina and our father Jose. They are caressing his face and kissing his hands showering him with Light and Love.

“We love, cherish and honor your soul MEMO."

In the 1970s Santana played in the Latin rock and blues band Malo, who had a hit with 1972’s Suavecito.

He later played with the Fania All-Stars and in the late ‘70s released two solo albums.

In the ‘90s he played professionally with his brother, and can be heard on the 1993 live album Sacred Fire: Live in South America, as well as the 1994 studio effort Santana Brothers, a collaboration between Jorge, Carlos and Carlos’ nephew Carlos Hernandez.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.