“With absolute sadness, we regret to inform his fans and friends that our beloved Diego left his beautiful body to continue his path and his creativity in another form of eternal life,” the statement read. “The whole family is in this pain, so we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
Born in Buenos Aires, the singer rose to fame at the age of 17 when he made his debut as a solo artist with the song “Lejos del Amor” (“Far From Love”).
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Verdaguer enjoyed further success with the albums “El Secreto Callado” (“The Quiet Secret”) and “Estoy Vivo” (“I’m Alive”). It was this latter album – which featured some of Verdaguer’s greatest hits such as “Corazón de Papel” (“Paper Heart”) and “Que Sufras Más” (“May You Suffer More”) – that helped cement his megastar status.
“La Ladrona” (“The Thief”) from “Estoy Vivo” was an international hit – it reached No. 1 on the charts in Mexico, throughout Latin America, the United States, Spain, Italy and in many other European countries, according to Verdaguer’s record label, Diam Music.
He continued to make music well into the 21st century – his most recent album came out in 2019.
That same year, Verdaguer was recognized by the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM) with a special medal commemorating a career that spanned 50 years.