Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernández also known as “Chente” passed away in Mexico at the age of 81. Vicente Fernández had been under critical care since he fell and got injured in August of this year, in his ranch in Guadalajara.

His death was announced via Vicente Fernández‘s own official Instagram account with caption,

“Rest in Peace Mr. Vicente Fernández.

We regret to inform you of his death on Sunday, December 12 at 6:15 am.

It was an honor and a great pride to share with everyone a great musical career and to give everything for his audience. Thank you for continuing to applaud, thank you for continuing to sing.


President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador remembered the legend Vicente Fernández in his own tweet, translating, “I convey my condolences to family, friends and the millions of admirers of Vicente Fernandez, a symbol of the ranchera music of our time, known and recognized in Mexico and abroad.”

President Joe Biden joined those mourning Vicente Fernández, saying, “The music world has lost an icon.

The music of Vicente Fernández created memories for millions. We send our condolences to his family and all those who loved him.

Vicente will be remembered for generations to come.”

Spanish pop singer Alejandro Sanz, wrote, “Sad day, no words. The history of Mexican music will always bear your name, Vicente, friend, you are and always will be THE KING.”

George Strait, country music singer wrote, “Sad news today. We lost The amazing legendary Vicente Fernández this morning. One of my heroes. May he Rest In Peace and may God bless and comfort his family. Hasta la Cruz Chente!! Gs,”

Gloria Estefan also joined celebrities and fans in paying tribute to Vicente Fernández, saying, “I will continue to love, respect and admire him because of the great person he was and the deep imprint he left on history.”

Actor and presenter Mario Lopez wrote, “Vicente Fernandez was not just a singer. He was the voice of a culture who filled the households of many of us who grew up listening to his songs. His music is the soundtrack to a ton of memories growing up.. Damn, I’m sad #RIP #ChenteSigueSiendoElRey #VicenteFernandez”

“The legend of all legends. You will be missed but never forgotten. Que disfrutes en los cielos y de un Tequilasoooo de Rey a Rey. Dale Maestro! #chentesiguesiendoelrey #VicenteFernandez.” wrote Mr. Worldwide, singer Pitbull.

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, who mentioned Vicente Fernández as an inspiration in shows, wrote, “Today we lost someone who was with us when we celebrated life and when we felt like life was over. Vicente Fernandez “El Rey” will be loved, missed and celebrated forever! Thank you for the impact you made on my life.”

The  Los Potrillos ranch is open for people to pay their respects, while the funeral will be held privately by Fernandez’s family. More than 7,000 people reached the Arena VFG at the ranch, in addition to fans who showed up at the hospital where Vicente Fernández died.