Local March 5, 2012 | 8:24 am

Icon TV producer Rafael Corporán passes away

SANTO DOMINGO. – Icon TV producer Rafael Corporán de los Santos died early Monday in the Abreu Clinic, where it was taken after having fainted. "El Viejo Corpo" as he was popularly called passed away near 3am and his wife Grissel said he had trouble sleeping and was becoming very depressed for several days.

Corporan’s death comes just two days after the TV channel ColorVision paid him tribute for his 25 uninterrupted years on television.

“Thank God that he could enjoy all those things while he was still alive. He enjoyed his tribute and also had the opportunity to read the newspapers," his wife said.

The iconic figure of the long running show Sabado de Corporan rose from a shoe-shine boy to producer of the country’s top rated TV show.

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