That soft wailing followed by the sound of rosary beads clinging together that’s coming from your second bedroom is an abuelita praying to Guadalupe to keep human star Walter Mercado (constellation name: Shanti Ananda) here on earth. Even if you don’t have a wailing abuelita, or a second bedroom, you do now, because the situation is that serious.
The beloved creature who came to the planet on a shooting star after the universe decided we really needed a Puerto Rican Liberace was hospitalized in San Juan with complications from pneumonia after he collapsed. Walter, who is what Carolina Herrera hopes she sees when she looks in the mirror, is currently being transferred to a hospital in Cleveland that specializes in heart disease. That wailing abuelita probably just turned into a full blown bawling abuelita.
A rep for Walter told The Miami Herald that he’s getting a little better, but they are moving him to another hospital since his blood pressure keeps going up and down. Walter’s niece said that he’s in a good mood and wishes everyone blessings in 2012.
Walter’s eyes are crystal balls, so I hope he doesn’t see the image of the heavens taking him anytime soon. If that happens, Telemundo’s headquarters will sink into the core, the stars will fall from the sky and every abuelita will get a black veil permanently attached to her face. Walter must live for the sake of raw silk-covered glamour and that hospital in Ohio must hang a rhinestone chandelier in his room, because how is he going to heal without his daily dose of vitamin sparkle?