José José, the iconic Mexican singer and songwriter known as Príncipe de la Canción, died, according to the news from Mexican journalists.
The beloved Balladeer died in a hospital in South Florida on September 28, 2019. Although the cause of death was not immediately released, the singer had a well-publicized battle against cancer. "Today, Saturday 28 September, José José died at the age of 71 in Miami Flo. Confirmed by his assistant Laura Nuñez", wrote Televisa Espectáculos on Twitter. Many other sites have followed the example. The tributes have started pouring into social media.
In 2017, José José confirmed that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to Billboard. The full name of the singer was José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz. All the music described the singer as "a classical training singer dubbed the" Prince of the song ", one of the greatest Mexican dancers and hitmakers since the 70's."
The legendary singer had undergone chemotherapy, telling fans in a video two years ago: "This is the reality of what I am experiencing. I want you to know that, apart from the small tumor, I am fine. I am ready to face this new adventure in my life. "
Here's what you need to know:
The singer confirmed the diagnosis of cancer in a moving video that he shared on social media
According to Billboard, Mexican singer-songwriter José José confirmed his cancer diagnosis on social media in the form of a video, which you can see above.
He was 69 years old and had been hospitalized. "I want to be the one that tells you guys what's going on in my life and career, like I've done my whole life," he says in the video, according to Billboard, who added that he explained that doctors found pancreatic cancer later having started losing weight.
He would live another two years. In 2018, his wife denied the rumors that he had died at that moment, telling El Diario: "It's a lie, José is slowly recovering. My daughter and I are watching him. They have already started giving him food and medicine. This hospital is very good and has excellent doctors, "said Sara Salazar in 2018.
Tragically, the news about the singer's death is true this time, according to numerous Mexican news.
José José has achieved many successes and his music has reached millions
José José has had a phenomenal success throughout his life. According to Billboard, "has had 20 hits of Hot Latin Songs, four have reached No. 1 and 15 albums in the Top Latin Albums chart," and has sold over 1.8 million albums in the United States.
According to RT, José José had achieved "world fame in 1971 with his interpretation of" El Triste "by Roberto Cantoral, at the OTI Festival".
The Los Angeles Times once called him one of the "most loved figures of Mexican pop". He started his career at just 15 but produced more than 30 albums and starred in films such as Gavilán or Paloma and Perdóname Todo. According to the Times, his music has hit universal themes, ranging from love to loneliness to "his weakness for all women".
He had multiple marriages. Three times, in 1995, he was then the father of a 4-month-old daughter named Sofia. "Before getting on stage you can always feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1995.
José José, whose parents were also talented musicians, began singing as teenagers
José José grew up in a family of musicians in Mexico City, and started singing and playing guitar in his teens, according to a biography on PeoplePill.com. He focused on the serenades.
"He was raised in a Roman Catholic family of talented musicians," the site reported, adding that his father José Sosa Esquivel "was an operatic tenor (co-star tenor)" and his mother, Margarita Ortiz, classical pianist.
Subsequently "he joined a trio of jazz and bossa nova where he sang and played bass and double bass", reports the site, but it was his interpretation of "El Triste" in Mexico City in 1970 that was his great decisive moment. . Jose Sosa was born, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The singer struggled with alcohol but staged a remarkable comeback in the 90s
Jose Jose has had many health problems throughout his life. A 1995 article in the Los Angeles Times described how he would joke with the public, "They brought me here in a limousine … Now they use an ambulance."
According to the newspaper, that line referred to something very serious: alcohol problems that almost ruined his career in the early years. It was rumored then that he died when he spent time in rehabilitation in Denver. However, he did not give up, bouncing back to what the newspaper called a "notable rebound that … restored him as one of Mexico's first romantic balladeers".
This post is updated as more information on the death of José José is learned.
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