Il Divo singer Carlos Marín has died at the age of 53.
The pop-opera group made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There wiIl never be another voice or spirit like Carlos. pic.twitter.com/uyRFjXADF6— Il Divo (@ildivoofficial) December 19, 2021
Marín had been hospitalized earlier this month but the nature of his hospitalization wasn’t disclosed.
“Our dear friend and partner, Carlos, is in the hospital. We are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery,” said band officials on Dec. 16.
On Dec. 10, the band announced that they were rescheduling all the remaining dates for the 2021 UK tour until December 2022.
Simon Cowell, who helped found Il Divo in 2003, shared his thoughts on Marín’s passing Sunday, saying in part “I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now. I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away.”
I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now. I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) December 20, 2021
Il Divo is inviting fans to celebrate Marín’s life by sharing memories of the late singer with the hashtag #CarlosMarinForever.