The LATISM community has shared the sad news that media leader Louis Pagan passed away over the weekend.
Louis was a co-founder of Hispanic media organizations LATISM and Hispanicize. He was recognized as a thought leader in Latino social media and a pioneer of the Latino blogosphere. The following statement was shared on the LATISM website:
We are deeply saddened to have learned that our friend Louis Pagan has passed away.
Louis was the fifth member to join LATISM and immediately took a leadership role as part of our first Board of Directors. His life was taken away from us too soon and it is hard to understand why; it is a question without an answer. But instead of dwelling on this unexpected loss, we’d like to honor his life and remember all of the remarkable things he was able to accomplish. Louis was a true pioneer, in fact, his blog was one of the first and best ones in the Latino online space. He was a relentless explorer, always in search of the ultimate truth. In doing so, he became an innovator who inspired and mentored many of us.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife Yolanda and two young daughters to whom he devoted every minute of his life. Thank you, Louis, for leading the social media space in our community. LATISM will miss you, hermano. Descansa en paz.
~Ana, Elianne and the LATISM Board
Giovanni Rodriguez, Co-Founder and CEO of SocialxDesign, also expressed his admiration for the innovator:
I value Louis, of course, for introducing me to a world that today is now changing how markets grow, how politicians are elected, how governments get run. He was there at the beginning, first with LATISM, then with an organization called Hispanicize. And he eventually became one of the leading lights. His blogging was always wickedly pointed, often funny, but never mean. He consulted for some of the most interesting campaigns. And—through his leadership in the earliest of Latino social media organizations—he had become an impresario. There weren’t—aren’t—many people with the profile and stature to make new things happen in this new and emerging marketplace. Louis, as many will attest, was one of them.
The social media community and the LATISM website confirmed his passing and expressed their condolences :
Stunned to learn that Louis Pagan (@louispagan), someone I’ve chatted up many times and digital early adopter, just died. Unbelievable.
— Filiberto Gonzalez (@gofiliberto) February 5, 2013
My deep condolences to his family. A visionary and pioneer in this crazy online universe—will be missed. fb.me/1Q9k91uEN
— Axel W. Caballero (@axelwcaballero) February 5, 2013
— Miguel A. Corona (@MiguelACorona) February 5, 2013
.@louispagan first reached out to me in about ’07-’08—at the time, he was doing political blogging. Can’t believe he’s gone.
— LatinoPolitics (@LatinoPolitics) February 5, 2013