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Vicente Fernandez, a ‘Sinatra’ to Mexican fans, dies at 81

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GUADALAJARA  –   Mexico is in mourning: The revered “king of ranchera music,” Vicente Fernandez — who gained a dozen Grammys and Latin Grammys throughout his profession — died Monday at 81. The crooner, famed for his extensive sombreros and for romantic songs that enlivened numerous fiestas and supplied balm for generations of Latin America’s brokenhearted, died in a hospital in Guadalajara, his household stated in a publish on Instagram.  President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador posted a message of condolence on Twitter for the “household, pals and the hundreds of thousands of admirers of Vicente Fernandez, a logo of the ranchera music of our time, recognized and acknowledged in Mexico and overseas.”  Fernandez had been hospitalized since falling in August in his ranch close to Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state and a cradle of mariachi music.  In a 50-year profession, “Chente,” the son of a rancher, had bought hundreds of thousands of albums. 

He additionally appeared in dozens of films. He was the undisputed grasp of “rancheras” — the tormented love songs belted out to a backdrop of a number of guitars and swelling trumpets. Identified for such sentimental and macho hits as “Por tu maldito amor” (“In your accursed love”) and the bittersweet “Que te vaya bonito” (“I want you the very best”), he collected three Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys, together with one this 12 months.

Fernandez’s life noticed each the very best and worst of Mexico, the refined and the cruelly violent. The worst second for “Chente” — who was often known as “The Idol of Mexico” — got here throughout a 1998 tour when his eldest son Vicente Fernandez Jr. was kidnapped and held for 121 days towards a ransom demand of $10 million.   To show they had been critical, the abductors lower off two of the younger man’s fingers. In keeping with an unauthorized biography by Argentine journalist Olga Wornat, one other of Fernandez’s sons was the good friend of a Sinaloa drug cartel boss. Together with his trademark sombreros, thick eyebrows and darkish mustache, the “Sinatra of ranchera music” — because the Houston Chronicle dubbed him — lower an unmistakable path in a profession that started on avenue corners working for ideas.

There was controversy as nicely.

In her e book “El Ultimo Rey” (“The Final King”), Wornat says Fernandez was the bitter enemy of a rival singer, Juan Gabriel, “as a result of he was homosexual and ‘Chente’ was a person from one other period.” Gabriel died in 2016.

 Fernandez had additionally been accused of touching ladies with out their consent whereas posing with them. He denied doing something inappropriate.

 Fernandez’s dying fell on the feast day of the virgin of Guadalupe, the nation’s patron saint — and a supply of inspiration for mariachi orchestras.

 Spanish-language singers around the globe paid tribute to Fernandez.

 “Unhappy day, no phrases. The historical past of Mexican music will at all times bear your title, Vicente, good friend, you’re and at all times can be THE KING,” tweeted the Spanish pop singer Alejandro Sanz. 

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