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Mexico’s legendary King of Mariachi Vicente Fernández dies at 81

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Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2021. 12:10 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Mexican icon, The King of Ranchera Music, Vicente Fernández passed away on Sunday morning on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico.

Known simply as “Chente,” Fernández was probably the best-known Mexican in the world.

At 81 years of age, Fernández who was a singer, actor, and film producer, has shocked Mexico though his death was not surprising as he had been ailing for a while after a fall that he suffered last August at his home in Guadalajara. He injured his cervical spine and had been hospitalized.

“We regret to inform of his passing on Sunday, December 12, at 6:15 am,” read a post on Fernández’s Instagram account in Spanish.

“It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for his audience. Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing. #ChenteSigueSiendoElRey (#ChenteKeepsBeingTheKIng)”

He was known as “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” (The King of Ranchera Music), “El Rey del Mariachi” (The King of Mariachi), “El Ídolo de México” (The Idol of Mexico), and “El Charro de Huentitán” (The Charro from Huentitán) in honour of his hometown.

He was true to the traditional ranchera music and became the most well-known representative of that genre. He performed dressed in his signature mariachi with a gun to his side.

Fernández recorded more than 50 albums and acted in more than 30 movies. Some of his most popular songs are “El Rey” (The King), “La Ley del monte” (The Law of the Wild), “Por tu Maldito Amor” (For Your Damned Love), and Mujeres Divinas (Divine Women), to name just a few.

During his lifetime he won three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, and fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards. Additionally, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1988 he was inducted into Billbard’s Latin Music Hall of Fame.

In his concerts, Chente used to perform until early hours of the morning. He used to say that he would sing as long as his fans kept applauding and asking for more songs.

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