ACROSS Latin America and Mexico, singer Vicente Fernández is famously recognized as the heart and soul of the mariachi genre.
He passed away on the morning of Sunday, December 12, 2021.
Who is Vicente Fernández?
Vicente Fernández, 81, was a retired Mexican singer and actor.
The Mexican legend also went by the names Chente, El Charro de Huentitán (The Charro from Huentitán), El Ídolo de México (The Idol of Mexico) and El Rey de la Música Ranchera (The King of Ranchera Music).
Chente’s career started as a busker and ended with him as a cultural icon, recording more than 50 albums and contributing to more than 30 films throughout his lifetime.
His music collection consists of rancheras and other Mexican classics, oftentimes being accompanied live by a mariachi group.
Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, 14 Lo Nuestro Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time.
He retired from live performing in 2016; however, he continued to record and publish music until his death in 2021.
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His sons, Alejandro and Vicente Fernández Jr, followed in his footsteps and have gone on to become successful mariachi singers.
Why was Vicente Fernández hospitalized?
The Mexican icon was rushed to the hospital in August of 2021 after suffering a critical fall at his home in Guadalajara.
The incident led to a severe spinal injury that required immediate surgical intervention.
Chente reportedly underwent cervical surgery and had to be shifted to the ICU after the operation.
Doctors reportedly mentioned that the singer required critical care and had to be sedated after the surgery.
After his fall, Chente was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disorder where a person’s nerves are damaged by their own immune system.
A tribute was posted to the late singer via his personal Instagram account.
“Rest in Peace Mr. Vicente Fernández,” it reads.
“We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 am. 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.”
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