The King of ranchera music, Vicente Fernández, has died at the age of 81, according to his family on his official Instagram account. They stated that it was an honor and great pride for him to share his music and that he gave everything for his audience. They wrote, “Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.”
He had been hospitalized, following a fall at home on August 6. He injured his neck and underwent emergency surgery. He was then in the Intensive Care Unit. For several days, he needed assisted ventilation because of spinal cord trauma. He was also suffering a disease of the peripheral nervous system. He was sedated and kept comfortable.
His voice was soulful and unmatched. He brought international attention to Mexican music. He produced over 80 records throughout his career. He also recorded 34 films. He received Grammy and Billboard awards too.
His career started out when he traveled as part of an artistic caravan with just 100 pesos to his name. He was discovered in a record house where there was not even a microphone. He was invited to tour and the rest was history.
His death is a great loss for his family and fans. He will be greatly missed.