On December 12, 2021, legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernández passed away.
Known as El Rey de Las Rancheras (The King of Rancheras), Fernández was the voice of not only Mexico but all of Latin America, touching generations through his movies and music.
Through a statement on his official social media account, the world found out about his passing, coincidentally on el día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe). According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531 and has since become an important holiday in Mexico.
“It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for his audience,” read the last post on Fernández’s Instagram account translated from Spanish. “Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.”
His son, Alejandro Fernàndez, who took his father’s footsteps and also became a renowned singer, posted on Instagram with a poem to his late father. “The lights in heaven have never been brighter, and without a doubt, I couldn’t have asked for a better father, friend and teacher,” said Alejandro Fernández.
His grandson, Alex, son of Alejandro Fernández, posted a photo with his grandmother and grandfather, stating that it was one of the last they took together:
“All I can say to you is that you are my idol, and I have you to thank for all the support and unconditional love you always gave me, my whole life,” said Fernandez Jr.
Many known figures in the entertainment and sports industry who grew up with “Chente” also paid their tributes via social media like Alejandro Sanz who posted, “Sad day, without words.”
Mexican pop singer Thalia, paid tribute to him on Instagram, by sharing a performance that was produced for Fernandez in homage to the many generations his music has influenced in and out of Mexico.
“Thank you, Vicente, for taking your talent around the world, through our beloved Mexican music. Many, such as myself, grew up with your music and your films,” said Thalia in her caption.
Mexican boxer, Canelo Álvarez, paid tribute to Fernandez by posting a photo they took together. “Thank you for always being an inspiration to my life, and for accompanying me every time as I left the ring,” he said.
Puerto Rican rapper and singer Guaynaa also sent out a message stating the paradox of the date Fernández passed away on.
“The world is in mourning, and even with this enormous sadness, I don’t know if by coincidence, or something beyond that, you left on the day of the commemoration of the Virgin of Guadalupe,” said Guaynaa, who has a song named Monterrey, the first city in Mexico where he performed.
Even Mexico’s national soccer team tweeted out their respects, with “And you’ll forever be the King,” as Fernandez was known and always called the King of Rancheras.
The Fernández family has lost their beloved patriarch and the world, a musical icon.
Cata Balzano contirbuted to this article
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Dani Rios is a contributor at Homage Magazine. Based in Miami, she has over a half a decade of experience in sports broadcasting. Her love for fútbol and culture broadened while she lived in Medellín and Buenos Aires. New York-born and Miami-raised, she covers travel, food and fitness, but you'll also read about some of her passions: chocolate, dogs and Peloton, too!