The famous astrologer's death impacted his many fans.
A hospital spokeswoman named Sofia Luquis confirmed that the astrologer died on Saturday, November 2, at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 87. His niece Betty Benet Mercado reportedly said that he died due to kidney failure. News of his death broke on Sunday, November 3, and celebrities and fans alike took to social media to say their final goodbyes.
Lili Estefan shared a heartfelt post.
"Our dear Walter Mercado has left us at 87 years old," she captioned an old photo of them together. "Thank you Walter for your wisdom, your spirit and your unique way of guiding us through astrology, but even more so, thank you for your love, I'll always remember you."
Gloria Estefan declared this the end of an era.
The singer also honored the astrologer on Instagram. "It’s the end of an era," she wrote. "Rest in Peace, Walter & thank you for your beautiful spirit!"
Dascha Polanco said he was icon status.
The Orange Is the New Black actress might have never met him in person, but she recognizes the importance he had not only in the entertainment world but also in our community. Nothing binds us quite like our love for Walter Mercado and his horoscopes, right?
Perez Hilton said a tearful goodbye to the astrologer.
The media personality took to Twitter to share a video of himself crying while wearing a T-shirt with Walter's face on it. He might have been known for his love of the stars and astrology, but for many, Walter symbolized so much more.
Actress Chrissie Fit highlighted all that he inspired us to do.
The Disney star, like many, repeated his famous catchphrase in her message. "Con mucho, mucho amor," was what he would say at the end of his segment. No matter what was in the stars for us that day, he always sent us off with love in our hearts.
Reality star Cyn Santana paid her respects.
The Love & Hip Hop star might be young, but she also recognized the astrologer's impact. Her tweet was simple, but it shows that the people's love for him has traveled from generation to generation.
He inspired many to be themselves.
Fans also took to social media to mourn his death. Many wrote about how his appearance meant a great deal, especially in our community, because he lived his truth, was bold in his style, and seemed so confident in who he was.
He was a symbol of bravery for many.
Walter symbolized so much and was beloved by many all over the world. He will be deeply missed.