Vicente Fernández, king of ranchera music, dies at 81

The announcement was shared on social media early Sunday

FILE - Vicente Fernandez performs a medley at the 20th Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. The 81-year-old king of ranchera music is in critical but stable condition after being hospitalized for a fall last week, according to an Instagram post made by his medical team on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Chris Pizzello, Invision)

Mexican icon Vicente Fernández, or otherwise known as the king of ranchera music, died early Sunday. He was 81.

The announcement was shared on Fernández’s Facebook page, as his team thanked him for his incredible music career.

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“It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great career of music and give it all for its audience. Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing,” the statement said in part.

En Paz Descanse. Sr. Vicente Fernández. Lamentamos comunicarles su deceso el día domingo 12 de diciembre a las 6:15...

Posted by Vicente Fernandez on Sunday, December 12, 2021

Fernandez died while hospitalized in Guadalajara, according to a report from NBC News, though further details are unavailable at this time. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

The singer was also hospitalized back in August after he took a fall at his ranch in Los Tres Potrillos, as reported by The Associated Press.

Fernández had quite the impact worldwide, including in San Antonio. Some residents in Market Square emphasized their love for the singer and his music.

“He’s one of the best, best things that Mexico had to offer,” said Arturo Haro.

Local mariachi band Azteca De America also talked to KSAT about how they’re remembering Fernández.

“We’ve lost someone who has been in our ear since we started performing as kids. Somebody as special as Vicente, you just feel like they’re suppose to be here forever,” said the band.

Fernández had several iconic songs during his career, including “El Rey,” “Volver, Volver” and “Por tu maldito amor” among others.

According to the AP, Fernández sold more than 65 million albums, filmed more than 35 movies and has a plethora of awards, including three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys.

This is a developing story and we’ll bring more details as they become available.

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