Venerated Mexican singer Vicente Fernández dies at 81 | Latino voices | Chicago News

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Vicente Fernández, an iconic and beloved singer of Mexican regional music who received three Grammys and nine Latin Grammys and inspired a new generation of performers, including his son Alejandro Fernández, died on 11 December. He was 81 years old.

Fernández was known for hits such as ‘El Rey’ and ‘Lástima que seas ajena’, his mastery of the ranchera genre, and his dark and sleek mariachi costumes with their matching wide-brimmed sombreros.

His music has attracted fans far beyond the borders of Mexico. Songs like “Volver, Volver” and “Como Mexico no hay dos” were extremely popular among Mexican immigrant communities in the United States because of the way they expressed longing for the motherland.

“It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for the public,” Fernández’s family said on their official Instagram account. “Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.”

Fernández, also known by his nickname “Chente”, died at 6:15 am in a hospital in the state of Jalisco, his family announced. In August, he had suffered a serious fall and had since been hospitalized for this and other illnesses.

From early Sunday, people started posting messages, many of them remembering the words to one of the favorite mariachi requests at parties and restaurants that said “I’m still the king”.

Music greats such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Maluma have taken to social media to post their heartfelt condolences, with some citing the influence her music has had on them. Famous country singer George Strait has said he is “one of my heroes”.

” My heart is broken. Don Chente has been an angel to me my whole life, ”said Ricky Martin. “The only thing that reassures me right now is that every time we saw each other I would tell him how important he was to me.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed his condolences, calling him “a symbol of ranchera music”.

On Sunday evening, his widow, María del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, along with his children, grandchildren and hundreds of relatives and friends said goodbye to Fernández at his favorite place, his ranch.

The land of Los Tres Potrillos ranch on the outskirts of Guadalajara vibrated as its fans in the stands and mariachis on a flower-covered stage said goodbye to the Mexican music giant. The song “Mexico Lindo” opened the public funeral in Los Tres Potrillos. His iconic charro hat perched on the coffin. His private funeral was due to take place on Monday.

The moment of her death was also highlighted by fans as Fernández sang often on December 12 to mark the Catholic pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, an event that draws large crowds. The commemoration took place on 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, in the western state of Jalisco. He spent most of his childhood on the ranch of his father, Ramón Fernández, on the outskirts

The artist has sold over 50 million records and appeared in over 30 films. In 1998, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In April 2016, he said goodbye to the stage in front of around 85,000 people at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City. Spectators came from northern Mexico as well as the United States, Colombia and other Latin American countries for the occasion.

Vicente Fernandez performs at a free concert during Valentine’s Day in Mexico City on February 14, 2009, file photo, singer. Tuesday, October 8, 2016. The Mexican singer died Sunday at the age of 81 in Guadalajara, Mexico, his family said in a statement. (AP Photo / Claudio Cruz, File)

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