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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)
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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.

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En español

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

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