In his last Instagram post before his death at the age of 81, the “king of ranchers” Vicente Fernandez told his followers to “not give up on their dreams” and celebrated his lifelong dedication to music.
“Don’t give up on your dreams,” wrote Fernandez in Spanish Title of a post from August
“Dedicating myself to singing was the best decision I ever made in this life.”
His son Alejandro, who was also a beloved musician, posted a tribute in honor of the multi-talented late artist.
Alejandro wrote, “The light in the sky has never been brighter. Without a doubt, I could not have asked for a better parent, friend and teacher.”
“Thank you for showing me the way.
“And though we miss you daily, your spirit and voice will live on in your family, in your city, and in your people forever.”
Vicente also had an Instagram account where his death was confirmed earlier this month.
“Rest in peace, Mr. Vicente Fernandez. We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 am,” the post said.
“It was an honor and a pride to share a great music career with everyone and to give everything to our audience.
“Thank you for the applause, thank you for continuing to sing,” the post concluded.
Known as “Chante” to his fans, Fernandez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 for his strong career spanning decades in music, film and TV.
His biggest hits included “El Rey,” “Volver, Volver,” and “Por Tu Maldito Amor,” and he also appeared in 35 films.
Fernandez was hospitalized last year after falling on his farm.
The singer suffered various health problems in the last years of his life: in 2012, a tumor caused almost half of his liver to be removed, and a year later, he suffered a pulmonary thrombosis.
The funeral service on December 13, 2021 is private and will only be attended by Vicente’s close family and friends.
However, the day before, thousands of fans were able to pay tribute at a tribute ceremony held at the VFG Arena, Guadalajara.
The coffin with the singer’s remains was placed on stage, as well as religious statues including a Christ and the Virgin of Guadalupe.
During the ceremony, Vicente’s son Alejandro Fernández and a mariachi band performed a collection of songs to pay tribute to the late singer.
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