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Legendary Mexican singer, Vicente Fernández, dead at 81

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Dec 12, 2021

Legendary Mexican musician Vicente Fernández, known as the "King of ranchera music," has died at age 81.

"We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 a.m.," a post on the singer's Instagram page said.

Fernández was hospitalized in August after an injury from a fall.

The singer suffered the fall at his ranch in Los Tres Potrillos, outside of Guadalajara. The fall caused spinal cord trauma, according to reports.

Fernández had reportedly other health issues in recent years. He was hospitalized for a renal infection recently and in 2012 he underwent a complex surgery that removed almost half of his liver because of a tumor. A year after that he faced pulmonary thrombosis, and in March 2015 the singer had three hernias removed.

Fernández sold more than 65 million albums, according to reports. He also won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, in addition to being named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002. Furthermore, he performed several times in Las Vegas over the years and at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.