(CNN Español) – Vicente FernandezA Mexican music icon died on Sunday at the age of 81, in a hospital in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, according to a post on his official Instagram account.
According to the statement, Fernandez passed away at 6:15 a.m.
The rickshaw star has been in hospital since August after falling, forcing him to undergo cervical surgery. According to his account, his condition later worsened when he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
Details of his funeral have not yet been revealed.
Known locally as “El Rey,” Fernandez has recorded over 300 songs, sold over 65 million albums worldwide, and won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys.
He is best known for his songs “Volver, Volver”, “Por tu maldito amor”, “El rey”, “La ley del monte”, “Mujeres divinas” and others.
A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Fernandez was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.
He was going through a ‘critical moment’
The health status of the Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez “It is critical,” a medical statement issued on Saturday morning read.
“Mr. Vicente Fernandez has over the past 12 hours shown a worsening of his health. He is experiencing greater inflammation in his lower respiratory tract and increased respiratory support,” said a statement shared on Official Instagram account Who is the singer.
Previously, his son, Vicente Fernandez Jr., said his father was going through a “critical moment” in his health.
Without giving further details, from Country 2000 Hospital, in Guadalajara, Fernandez Jr. told local media that the artist is “gentle,” adding: “As you’ve been told, we ask for a lot of prayer.”
For several months, Fernandez was in poor health after a fall that forced him to undergo cervical surgery.
On November 30, an official statement from his team reported that the artist had a respiratory infection Needs respiratory support.
On October 6, 2019, in one of his last appearances, Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez said: “As long as my throat holds on, I am yours until the day God carries me.”
Guadalajara, the city in which he was born, paid tribute to the unveiling of an equestrian statue erected in the heart of Plaza de los Maricas, the place where the Mexican idol began his career.
Fernandez was born in Huentitan el Alto, a town on the outskirts of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, in western Mexico, on February 17, 1940, according to a biography published in The official website of the singer.
Vicente Fernandez hails from a humble background. At the age of eight, he received a guitar with which he learned the first strings that brought him closer to his idols Pedro Infante and Javier Solis, as mentioned in several interviews.
He was still a teenager when he began singing “Guadalajara” in restaurants of traditional Mexican cuisine and in the Plaza de los Mariachis, where locals rent mariachis to liven up parties or bring singing.
In 1966, after trying his luck at restaurants, parties, and television competitions, he signed his first record contract with CBS Mexico (currently Sony Music), in which he recorded “Your way and my me”, “Not in Self Defense” and “Forgive Me” ‘, among other things.
His arrival in the cinema in 1971, with the movie “One and a Half Against the World”, and three years later “The Law of the Mountain”, would have cemented his career; However, it wasn’t until 1976 when “Volver, Volver,” his famous song, came out, through which she transcends myth and begins writing.
After four decades of experience and obtaining national and international awards, breaking sales records and performing on the most famous stage, Vicente Fernández was not only loved and recognized in his own land, but also in Latin America, the United States and Europe, where, regardless of language or culture, they sing With the same sense of “back, back, back”.