Walter Mercado, Marvelous Puerto Rican Astrologer, Dead at 87

Rest in peace, Walter Mercado.

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Walter Mercado
Rest in Peace, Walter Mercado.

The legendary astrologer and actor has died, Telemundo Puerto Rico reports. He was 87.

ercado, born on March 9, 1932, was a Pisces, and known as an actor, dancer, writer and TV personality throughout his career. He starred on Puerto Rican telenovelas Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance), and in 1970, he started his regular astrology segment on Puerto Rico’s variety show, El Show de las 12. His star continued to grow, and for decades, his astrology prediction shows aired in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States.

Mercado — who was also known by his stage name, Shanti Ananda — suffered cardiac problems in early 2012, afterwhich he reportedly said he had “gone and seen death and came back to life again.”

Following his death on Saturday, fans took to social media to mourn Mercado. 

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