Legendary Mexican singer known as the King of the Rancheras, Vincente “Chente” Fernandez has passed away. Vincente know too many as “Chente” died Sunday morning in Guadalajara, Mexico at 6:15am.
Fernandez had been hospitalized in October of this year at his home in Jalisco were his suffered a fall. He had suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome which made it very difficult to recover.
Vincente Fernandez career spanned decades in music, television, film and in 1998 had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold more than 65 million albums and filmed more than 35 movies during his career. He won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, in addition to being named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.
The songs that he performed include the hits “El rey,” “Volver, volver” and “Por tu maldito amor” have lived int he hearts of families for generations.
“Rest in peace, Mr. Vicente Fernández. We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 a.m.,” a post on the singer’s Instagram page said. “It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for his audience. Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.”
The love of the Mexican community is far and went worldwide becoming a piece of many people through the music that was a part of their family celebrations.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via twitter, “My condolences to family, friends and the millions of admirers of Vicente Fernández, a symbol of the ranchera music of our time, known and recognized in Mexico and abroad.”
Chente will live forever in the traditions and the song that will live forever in the hearts of many for generation to come. Fernandez is left behind by his children, Alejandro Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Gerardo Fernández, Alejandra Fernández and 5 grandchildren.