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A living music institution of one has died in Houston.

Don Luis Cruz, better known as Houston’s “Violin Man,” has died. With a warm smile, a speaker strapped to his belt and his amazing skill, Cruz brought joy and love to motorists through the power of his music nearly every day on the corner of Woodridge and I-45 South.

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“I used to love seeing him with his violin and little speaker,” Omega Rodgriguez, of Houston, writes on Facebook. “Then when he got his motorized bike. I was amazed by his passion.”

Cruz, who often received tips but largely played for free out of love for the craft, was even known to help in the most unique of ways.

“I remember when my daddy called him to the house so he could play a song for my mom,” Vicky Guerrero writes.

The Violin Man’s music was abruptly halted in the summer of 2012 when George San Miguel, 53, was accused of beating Cruz at the intersection and stealing his violin case, according to Houston Police. Thereafter, Cruz sought to play music for local restaurants out of an abundance of caution.

Cruz was 89-years-old.

Watch Houston’s Violin Man play his incredible music in this Spanish television report:


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