Armando Manzanero, the popular Mexican singer and composer, died after being diagnosed with COVID disease at the age of 85.
On December 17, the ballad singer was diagnosed with coronavirus and was treated five days later at a medical facility in Mexico City. Due to shortness of breath, he was put on a ventilator and died on Monday 28 December.
His manager, Laura Blum, said that complications from a kidney condition caused his death.
Blum announced that in Mexico City, Manzanero will be cremated and his ashes will be taken to his hometown of Merida in the state of Yucatan.
During a press conference, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador shared his condolences and described the late singer as a man of the people.
Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a people’s man. This is why I mourn his passing. He’s a wonderful musician also,” he added.
The singer, whose career spanned seven decades, was the best-known crooner for songs such as ‘Somos Novios,’ which in the 1970s became Perry Como’s hit ‘It’s Impossible’ with adapted English lyrics.
In 2010, Manzanero, who was the president of the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México (Mexican Society of Authors and Composers), received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, in the United States, he also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the first Mexican to receive the honor.
Seven children and 16 grandchildren survive this renowned music composer.