Vicente Fernández, a well-known Mexican singer, has died at the age of 81

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Vicente Fernández, an iconic and beloved regional Mexican music singer who received three Grammys and nine Latin Grammys and inspired a new generation of performers, including his son Alejandro Fernández, passed away on Sunday. He was 81 years old.

Vicente Fernández, a well-known Mexican singer, has died at the age of 81

Fernández was known for songs like "El Rey" and "Lástima que seas ajena," as well as his command of the ranchera genre and his dark and elegant mariachi suits with matching wide-brimmed sombreros.

  • His music drew fans from all over the world, not just in Mexico. Songs like "Volver, Volver" and "Como Mexico no hay dos" were extremely popular among Mexican immigrant communities in the United States due to the way they expressed longing for home.

"It was an honor and a great pride to share a great musical career with everyone and give everything for the audience," Fernández's family said on his official Instagram account. "Thank you for continuing to applaud and continue to sing."

  • Fernández, also known as "Chente," died at 6:15 a.m. in a hospital in Jalisco state, according to his family. He had a serious fall in August and had been hospitalized since then for that and other ailments.
  • People began posting messages early on Sunday, many of them recalling the lyrics to one of the most popular mariachi requests at parties and restaurants, "I am still the king."

Music legends such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, and Maluma expressed their condolences on social media, with some citing how his music influenced them. George Strait, a well-known country singer, called him "one of my heroes."

  • "I am heartbroken. "Don Chente has always been an angel to me," Ricky Martin said. "The only thing that makes me feel better right now is that every time we saw each other, I told him how important he was to me."
  • Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed his condolences, describing him as a "representative of ranchera music."
  • His widow, Mara del Refugio Abarca Villaseor, along with his children, grandchildren, and hundreds of relatives and friends said their final goodbyes to Fernández at his favorite place, his ranch, on Sunday night.
  • When his fans in the stands and mariachis on a stage covered in flowers bid farewell to the giant of Mexican music, the earth of Los Tres Potrillos ranch on the outskirts of Guadalajara vibrated. The public funeral at Los Tres Potrillos began with the song "Mexico Lindo." His famous charro hat sat atop the coffin.

Fans also emphasized the timing of his death, as Fernández frequently sang on December 12 to commemorate the Catholic pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, an event that draws large crowds. The commemoration was rescheduled for Sunday after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

  • Vicente Fernández Gómez was born on February 17, 1940, in the town of Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent most of his childhood on his father's ranch on the outskirts of town, Ramón Fernández.
  • The musician sold over 50 million records and appeared in over 30 films. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.

In April 2016, he bid farewell to the stage in front of approximately 85,000 people at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Visitors had come from all over Mexico, as well as the United States, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, to witness the event.

SOURCE : Yasoquiz

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