Fans react and mourn the death of Vicente Fernández – NBC Los Angeles
Fans mourned the loss of Vicente Fernández, a Mexican national treasure and a music staple in Hispanic homes for generations.
The king of ranchera music was 81 years old.
As her death was announced early Sunday morning, fans around the world paid tribute to their beloved “Chente” with messages of grief, gratitude and support on social media.
“This one hurts… RIP Vicente thanks for everything,” one Instagram commenter said.
“Rest in peace, thank you for leaving us your gift,” said another.
“He will continue to be the KING! said a fan in Spanish.
Some of these fans noted the poignant nature of Fernández’s death on December 12, the day many Catholics in Mexico and Latin America celebrate the birth of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fernández sang often on December 12 to celebrate the day. Mexican Culture Secretary Alejandra Frausto paid tribute to the connection in a statement on Twitter.
“On December 12, Vicente Fernández, who sang so many mañanitas in La Guadalupana,” reads his statement, originally in Spanish.
Other fans have been heartbroken by the death of Fernández so soon after that of actress Carmen Salinas, another Mexican icon. She died of a stroke on December 9.
Fernández has sold over 65 million albums and shot over 35 films. He has won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, in addition to being named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.
PHOTOS: Vicente Fernández through the years
In 1998, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His songs of love, heartbreak and masculinity are a staple in Hispanic homes.
Fans gathered in front of the Hollywood star on Sunday to pay their respects. The flowers began to pile up, and a wireless speaker played her beloved songs.
Juan Tintun, a fan of Fernández, said he learned of the singer‘s death online Sunday morning. It holds a special place in Tintun’s family memories.
“Yeah, it’s nostalgic, man. We all grew up with it, with our parents cleaning in Chente,” Tintun said.
“He was a big, big man… an inspiration to a lot of people around the world,” fan Gomer Ayala said.
“He is always with us, in our thoughts and in our hearts,” he told NBC4, visibly upset by the loss of the great musician. “Don Vicente, he will be forever.”