Walter Mercado

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Puerto Rico lowered its flags to half-staff Thursday and Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a “day of mourning” to honor Walter Mercado, the astrologer and television personality who died Saturday due to renal failure.

While Vázquez had sent her condolences via Twitter shortly after his death, some wondered why she hadn’t played a more prominent role in sending off one of the island’s most famous celebrities.

Iconic Astrologer Walter Mercado Is Dead At 87

Nov 3, 2019
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Walter Mercado, a man born while the sun was in Pisces and who became an iconic astrologer in Latin America and the U.S., has died in his native Puerto Rico.

A family spokesman confirmed Mercado’s death at Hospital Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan, where he was being treated after two weeks of renal failure. Mercado was 87.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

Walter Mercado is known for his fancy, mystical and over-the-top capes and his daily horoscope readings, which he gave for many years on national television. The 87-year-old Puerto Rican astrologer and psychic, who’s often referred to simply as "Walter," has shaped the lives of many Latino households for decades. “I always give the touch of love and they call me the Walter of Miracles,” he said on Sundial.