Iconic Mexican Singer Vicente Fernandez Dies at 81

Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez passed away Friday.

Fernandez died at his home in Ciudad Guzman of a respiratory illness, the El Deber Network reported. He was 81.

Fernandez was hospitalized in March with congestive heart failure but managed to record a final performance in November, according to the network.

“If you look at his career in totality you’ll understand he was a singer of large stature, outstanding melody, technical ability and wisdom,” his sister and manager Ana Barraza told El Deber. “I think he reached a number of heights, which is a credit to his commitment to his profession.”

Though he is best known as a singer of Spanish-language romantic ballads, Fernandez was also the producer and composer of some of the most beloved tracks in Mexican history.

Fernandez was born in 1926 in Jalisco, Mexico.

Over the course of his long career, he sold more than 200 million records and was hailed as one of the best contemporary musicians of all time.

Cuba’s Fidel Castro was among those mourning Fernandez’s death on social media.

“Thank you Mr. Fernandez for the greatest favor of 20 years ago,” the Castro tweeted Friday. “With pain that I feel I hope this leaves you with peace.”

Lorrie Morgan also remembered Fernandez, tweeting: “I met @Vicente_fernandez once, and he sang for us. Thank you for the grand voice. God bless you bro”

h/t: Fox News

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