Written by Staff Writer
(CNN) – Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez has died at the age of 81, according to his management.
The singer died at a private hospital in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, where he was being treated for cancer.
Fernandez rose to fame in the 1960s singing about the events in his life including his rise to fame as the grandson of a well-known Mexican folk singer and his struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Fernandez’s hits included “Eres un mar,” (“You Are a Man”), “Vivir a la Plaza,” (“I Was Here”), “Cremate para mi alegría,” and “Como hecho ellos, he pasó por los blancos, pero lo tiene en las palabras.”
“I played on the corners of Mexico City in a jungle. I saw them sing and it was my voice that they picked up,” he told CNN in an interview in 2006.
Fernandez is the musical son of folk singer Vicente Fernandez who rose to fame in the 1940s and 50s.
The younger Fernandez was born in a farm family in the western state of Jalisco. He learned to play the guitar as a teenager.
In 1956, he made his national TV debut on what was then called Televisa, joining the stable of the legendary singer Vicente Fernandez.
Fernandez spent most of his career singing romantic and folk songs in multiple languages and was known for his string of hits as the frontman of the Los Duo Con Sua Sala and Los Duo Quienes, opening the door for generations of Mexican singers to follow.
Fernandez is survived by his wife and four children.