Complete coverage: Vicente Fernández, ‘El Rey’ of Mexican ranchera music, dies at 81

A mustachioed man in an elaborately embroidered sombrero and green jacket holds a microphone
Mexican singer Vicente Fernández performs on Oct. 10, 2010.
(Olivia Salazar / Wire Image)

Vicente Fernández, the debonair Mexican crooner with the buttery baritone whose romantic rancheras and timeless folk anthems defined the grit and romance of his turbulent homeland and elevated him to a cultural giant for generations of fans throughout Latin America and beyond, died Sunday. He was 81.

The last of Mexico’s crooning matinee idols, the self-taught troubadour recorded more than 50 albums, all in Spanish, and sold tens of millions of copies.

Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez performs at AmericanAirlines Arena on October 10, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/WireImage)

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El ídolo de la potente voz, el traje de charro impecable, el bigote pronunciado y la sonrisa amable, ha muerto.


Desde la Estrella de Vicente Fernández en el Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood

ENTREVISTA: El Último rey, la biografía no autorizada de Vicente Fernández, escrita por Olga Wornat