Santo Domingo, RD. – Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado Salinas died Saturday night at a medical center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
According to Telemundo Puerto Rico, Mercado died of a “renal failure” at the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan.
Last October it was reported that Mercado had health problems.
Walter Mercado was born in the middle of the sea on March 9, 1932. His mother, Aida Salinas, was on a ship that went between Spain and Puerto Rico.
According to the Puerto Rican newspaper “El nuevo nuevo,” he spent his childhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and at six he made his first prediction when he told a teacher that he saw how a school bell would fall and the next day a tremor that made it stay on the floor.
Mercado, of Catalan and Puerto Rican origin, studied at the university pedagogy, psychology and pharmacy.
He was also an actor and participated in the soap operas “A goodbye in memory”, “Long distance”, “I did not ask to live” and “The intruder”; and in the plays “Anastacia”, “Wedding of blood”, “The Lady of the Camellias”, “Androcles and the lion”, “The four colonels”, “Looking back with anger” and “The triptych of love , pain and death ”.
Then he created the Walter Actors Studio 64 school where he taught drama.
In 1969 he became an astrologer in a horoscope section in Telemundo, and the following year he had his own segment in the program “The show of 12” in Telemundo Puerto Rico.
Already by 1980 his program was presented in channels throughout Latin America and the United States, and 10 years after he moved to the Hispanic chain Univisión where he worked until 2010.
That year, during a trip to India, Mercado changed his name to Shanti Ananda after losing his stage name during a legal process with his exmanager.
In 2013 he obtained an agreement with his ex-partner that allowed him to use the name Walter Mercado again.