Fans mourned the loss of Vicente Fernández, a Mexican national treasure and musical property of Hispanic homes for generations.
The king of ranchera music was 81 years old.
When his death was announced early on Sunday morning, fans around the world paid their respects to their beloved “Chente” with messages of sadness, thanks and support on social media.
“This one hurts … thank you RIP Vicente for everything,” said an Instagram commenter.
“Rest in peace, thank you for leaving us with your present,” said another.
“He will still be the KING!” said a fan in Spanish.
I really don’t want to believe that. He really is a legend. Rest in peace.
– uSuperTuna’s (@HarryStylesXPTD) December 12, 2021
Some of these fans noticed the shock of the death of Fernández on December 12th, the day many Catholics in Mexico and Latin America celebrate the birth of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fernández often sang on December 12th to celebrate the day. Mexico’s Minister of Culture Alejandra Frausto paid tribute to the connection in a Twitter statement.
On December 12th, Vicente Fernández, who has sung so many mananitas to La Guadalupana, leaves. It is with deep sadness that I receive the news that one of the most important artists of Mexican popular culture, the undisputed symbol of ranchera music, has died. pic.twitter.com/KE2646XVed
– Alejandra Frausto (@alefrausto) December 12, 2021
“On December 12th, Vicente Fernández, who sang so many mananitas to La Guadalupana, is going,” says her statement, which was originally written in Spanish.
Other fans have been broken by Fernández’s death so soon after the death of actress Carmen Salinas, another Mexican icon. She died of a stroke on December 9th.
First Carmine Salinas, now Vicente. Symbols.
– Uncle Pepito Salado (@joeymonzo) December 12, 2021
Fernández has sold more than 65 million albums and made more than 35 films. He won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys and was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.
PHOTOS: Vicente Fernández over the years
In 1998 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs about love, heartbreak, and masculinity are a staple in Hispanic households.