Vicente Fernández, King of Mexican Ranchera Music, Dies at 81

Darlene Fuentes-Catalan, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Vicente Fernández passed away on December 12, 2021, at the age of 81.

Fernández was born on February 17, 1940, in Huentitán El Alto, in the state of Jalisco in western central Mexico. His father, Ramón Fernández, was a rancher and his mother, Paula Gómez de Fernández, was a housewife.

Fernández was a Mexican singer, actor, and film producer. Over his career that spanned six decades, he recorded dozens of albums and hundreds of songs. He has three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a place in the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

The announcement of his death came from his family.  The family did not provide the cause of death, but Fernández had been in the hospital since August of last year, after an incident in which he fell at his Guadalajara ranch located in the central state of Jalisco. His injuries required emergency spinal surgery.

His wide popularity as a singer was amazing and his long career, which spanned generations, makes his loss acutely felt because of what he meant for Mexican culture.