MEXICO CITY – Vicente Fernández, an iconic and beloved singer of Mexican music in the region, who has been awarded three Grammy Awards and nine Latin Grammy Awards and inspired a new generation of artists, including His son, Alejandro Fernández, passed away on Sunday. He was 81 years old.
Fernández is known for hits like “El Rey” and “Lástima que sea ajena,” the leader of the ranchera genre and their dark and chic mariachi suits with matching wide-brimmed sombres.
His music attracts fans far beyond the borders of Mexico. Songs like “Volver, Volver” and “Como Mexico no hay dos” are extremely popular among Mexican immigrants in the US because of the way they express their longing for their homeland.
“It is an honor and pride to share with everyone a wonderful musical career and give everything to the audience,” the Fernández family said on their official Instagram account. “Thank you for continuing to clap, thank you for continuing to sing.”
His family said Fernández, also known as “Chente”, died at 6:15 a.m. at a hospital in Jalisco state. In August, he suffered a serious fall and has been hospitalized ever since for that and other illnesses.
Starting early Sunday, people started posting messages, many of them recalling the lyrics of one of their favorite mariachi requests at parties and restaurants that read, “I’m still king.” “.
Music celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Maluma took to social media to post their heartfelt condolences, some saying how his music has influenced them. Famous country singer George Strait says he is “one of my heroes”.
“I am broken hearted. Don Chente has been an angel to me all my life,” said Ricky Martin. “The only thing that gives me comfort at the moment is that every time we see each other, I tell him how important he is to me.”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed condolences, calling him “an icon of ranchera music”.
On Sunday night, his widow, María del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, along with her children, grandchildren and hundreds of relatives and friends said goodbye to Fernández at his favorite spot, his ranch.
The earth of the Los Tres Potrillos ranch on the outskirts of Guadalajara shook as his fans in the stands and the women on a flower-covered stage bid farewell to the Mexican music giant. The song “Mexico Lindo” opened the public funeral at Los Tres Potrillos. His iconic charro hat is worn over the coffin. His private funeral will take place on Monday.
The timing of his death was also highlighted by fans as Fernández used to sing on December 12 to mark the Catholic pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, an event that attracts a lot of attention. many viewers. The memorial service was held on Sunday after it was canceled last year because of the pandemic.
Vicente Fernández Gómez was born on February 17, 1940, in the town of Huentitán El Alto in the western state of Jalisco. He spent most of his childhood on the farm of his father, Ramón Fernández, in the suburbs.
The artist has sold more than 50 million records and appeared in more than 30 films. In 1998, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In April 2016, he said goodbye to the stage in front of about 85,000 people at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Audiences came from northern Mexico as well as the United States, Colombia and other Latin American countries for the event.
Associated Press journalist Adriana Gomez Licon contributed to this report from Miami.
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