Vicente “Chente” Fernández Gómez was a Mexican singer, actor, and film producer. Nicknamed “El Charro de Huentitán”, “El Ídolo de México”, and “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” has died on 12 December 2021 at the age of 81.
Vicente Fernández, an icon of traditional Mexican music, has died. He was 81. The announcement from his family did not give a cause of death, but the singer had been hospitalized since August, after a fall at his Guadalajara ranch in the central state of Jalisco required an emergency spinal surgery.
While in the hospital, he had also been diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves, his family had reported to media. Following months of steady improvement, his health had taken a turn for the worse in recent days.
He was born in February 17, 1940, Huentitán El Alto, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fernández started his career as a busker, and went on to become a cultural icon, having recorded more than 50 albums and contributing to more than 30 films. His repertoire consisted of rancheras and other Mexican classics.
Fernández’s work earned him three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time. In 2016, Fernández retired from performing live, although he continued to record and publish music.
Fernandez’s debut in the movies was in 1971 with the film Tacos al carbón. He starred in his first film in La ley del monte in 1976. During the 20 years he dedicated to acting, he starred in 30 films, 18 of which were under the direction of Rafael Villaseñor Kuri and shared the stage with nationally renowned actors such as Blanca Guerra, Sara García, Fernando Soto, Resortes, Lucía Méndez. In films such as Por tu maldito amor, La ley del monte, El hijo del pueblo and Mi querido viejo, he introduced his music, so the title of the film reflected the title of the song introduced. His main role was that of the stereotypical Mexican “macho” and “gallant” man.
As a film producer he debuted in 1974 with the film El hijo del pueblo. His last film was Mi querido viejo, in 1991, and since then he devoted himself exclusively to music.
Alejandro Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Alejandra Fernández, Gerardo Fernández
Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor (married 1963)
Vicente Fernandez suffered from cancer on two occasions. The first in 2002 when he overcame prostate cancer and in 2012 he had a tumor removed from his liver. In 2013 he suffered a thrombosis that caused him to lose his voice and in 2015 he underwent surgery to remove abdominal hernias. He had chosen to refuse a liver transplant in 2012. In 2021 he was admitted to the hospital for two days to be treated for a urinary tract infection.
May His Soul Rest in Peace:
Vicente Fernández, an iconic and beloved singer of regional Mexican music who was awarded three Grammys and nine Latin Grammys and inspired a new generation of performers, including his son Alejandro Fernández, died on Sunday. He was 81.