George Strait honors Vicente Fernández after Mexican singer’s death

King of Country gives shoutout to King of Rancheras

Vicente Fernández performs onstage during the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. George Strait performs onstage during the 2021 iHeartCountry Festival Presented By Capital One at Frank Irwin Center on October 30, 2021 in Austin, Texas. ( Michael Tran/FilmMagic and Erika Goldring/WireImage , Getty Images)

“King of Rancheras” Vicente Fernández died Sunday at the age of 81.

His death was announced on his Instagram page with a message thanking fans for their support and many celebrities took to social media to express their sadness at the passing of the music legend.

Country superstar George Strait called Fernández one of his “heroes” in a Twitter post.

“Sad news today. We lost The amazing legendary Vicente Fernández this morning. One of my heroes,” Strait said. “May he Rest In Peace and may God bless and comfort his family. Hasta la Cruz Chente!!”

Many fans were quick to reply to Strait’s tweet with gratitude that the kind of country recognized the King of Rancheras.

Fernández died in a hospital in Guadalajara. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has sold more than 50 million records.

Related: Vicente Fernández, revered Mexican singer, dies at 81

About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.