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David Cruz dies aged 51 of heart disease

Former boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez, David Cruz has died of heart disease

Former boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez, David Cruz has died of heart disease. Cruz passed away on Saturday at Mount Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office told TMZ. He was 51. David Cruz dies of heart disease but no further information was made available.

Jennifer Lopez and David Cruz started dating in 1984, when she was 15 and he was 16, before splitting in 1995 just before Lopez, who had been a back up dancer for the majority of their relationship, skyrocketed to fame.

Jennifer Lopez in 2004  said about her relationship with David Cruz, saying fondly: ‘He’s a friend, and he probably knows me better than anyone else.

‘I have many memories of David because nine years is like a lifetime. We grew up together because I was barely 16 when I met him.

‘His best friend was dating my best friend. He saw me and fell in love with me right away.

‘He still lives in the neighbourhood in the Bronx where we grew up and so does my grandmother.

‘I see him whenever I go there to visit her. When we run into each other we keep in touch for a while through phone calls.’