Celebrated musician Armando Manzanero has died at the age of 85.
The news of his passing was confirmed by the Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de Mexico (Association of Writers and Composers of Mexico), of which Manzanero is president.
“The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning. The great Master has left,” the organization said in a tweeted statement via Google Translate.
The message continued, with knowledge of the musician’s contributions to copyright.
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“His departure provoked a deep sadness,” the group continued. “He was one of the greatest artists of our time, creator of the ‘most beautiful music in the world’.”
The organization promised that the memory of the singer ‘will live in the soul of all of us who have learned to love with his songs’ and that ‘his musical work will be heard forever’.
The statement closed: “See you soon, dear brother!”
The message comes with a lovely photo of Manzanero holding his hand against his heart.
According to Billboard, several stores reported that the cause of the musician was the coronavirus.
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El Universal reports that COVID-19 was diagnosed at Manzanero, just five days before he intubated, on December 17th. He was reportedly to be executed until his case got worse.
Aside from his own illustrious career, the musician has written songs for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Andrea Bocelli and more.
The star received a Grammy nomination in 1971 for the song of the year for the hit ‘It’s Impossible’. Decades later, he received a lifelong award from the organization, as did the Latin Recording Academy. In 2001 he won a Latin Grammy for his album “Duetos”.
The international recognition also gave rise to a response from the Latin Recording Academy on Twitter.
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“Armando Manzanero, recipient of the award for musical excellence and winner of the Latin GRAMMY, as well as a great friend of the Academy is gone,” the organization said according to Twitter’s translation. “We celebrate his life and work. [An] Irreparable loss to the world of Latin music. We accompany the Manzanero family in their deep pain. ‘
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Per Billboard, Manzanero was born in Mérida, Yucatán, in 1935 and began studying music at just eight years old. He would be known for the songs “Contigo Aprendí”, “Adoro” and “Esta Tarde Vi Llover.”
Representatives for the star could not be reached.