Vicente Fernández, Mexican icon and ‘king of the rancheras’, deceased at 81 – NBC10 Philadelphia

Vicente Fernández, the Mexican artist whose illustrious career as “king of the rancheras” spanned decades in music and film, has passed away. He was 81 years old.

“Rest in peace, Mr. Vicente Fernández. We regret to inform you of his passing on Sunday December 12 at 6:15 am,” said a post on the singer’s Instagram page. “It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for your audience. Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.”

Plans for his funeral have not been announced.

Fernández died in Guadalajara in his native state of Jalisco. He had been hospitalized for four months after falling on his ranch. Fernández suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, which prevented him from recovering.

PHOTOS: Vicente Fernández through the years

Fernández was known as “Chente” to his beloved fans. He has been compared to people like Frank Sinatra.

These fans mourned her death upon waking up to the news on Sunday morning.

His songs of love, heartbreak and masculinity are a staple in Hispanic homes. They include the hits “El rey”, “Volver, volver” and “Por tu maldito amor”.

Fernández was so widely revered that the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, issued a statement.

“My condolences to the family, friends and millions of admirers of Vicente Fernández, symbol of ranchera music of our time, known and recognized in Mexico and abroad”, he said on twitter.

One of her sons, Vicente Fernández Jr., shared a photo on Instagram of the two smiling.

“Thank you for everything!!!” the legend read. “I LOVE YOU FATHER.”

Fernández has had numerous health crises in recent years.

In 2012, Fernández underwent complex surgery that removed almost half of his liver due to a tumor. A year later he suffered from pulmonary thrombosis, and in March 2015 the singer had three hernias removed.

This year he was faced with allegations of sexual abuse from singer Lupita Castro. Fernández denied any inappropriate behavior.

Fernández has sold over 65 million albums and shot over 35 films. He has won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys, in addition to being named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.

In 1998, Fernández received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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