Il Divo star Carlos Marin will be laid to rest in the trademark Armani suit he wore when he performed around the world so he ‘can sing in Heaven to the angels,’ following his death from Covid, aged 53.
The German-born Spanish baritone singer’s death was announced on Sunday after he was taken to hospital earlier in the week and placed in the intensive care unit at Manchester Royal Hospital, reportedly in an induced coma.
Following the singer’s death, his sister Rosa confirmed that he ‘died because he was infected with the Delta variant of Covid.’
She revealed fans would have the chance to pay their last respects to the singer at a wake, although Covid restrictions would mean his coffin would have to be closed.
‘Carlos will be buried in his favourite Armani suit, the one he used for his stage performance, so he can go to Heaven looking the part and can sing with the angels,’ she said.
The public wake is expected to take place in Madrid once his body has been repatriated to the Spanish capital from the UK.
Rosa – who jetted to Britain after her brother was admitted to hospital on December 7 – told Spanish ABC Daily that he ‘began to feel unwell after he arrived in Manchester’ and ‘ended up having breathing difficulties.’
She claimed that her brother received the Janssen vaccine – a single-dose vaccine – and despite trying to ‘fight through,’ his condition worsened.
‘When he arrived they did tests and discovered it was Covid.’
Rosa claimed that ‘his lungs were very compromised and couldn’t overcome the virus despite receiving the best treatment that exists.’
The Janssen vaccine is administered to adults aged 18 years and older and causes the immune system to produce antibodies and specialised white blood cells that protect against Covid.
The government’s patient information leaflet on the vaccine states that ‘none of the ingredients in this vaccine can cause Covid-19’ and that it provides protection against the virus.
It is one of the approved vaccines to protect against coronavirus, along with Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech, although the Janssen vaccine is not currently available in the UK.
The Government has stressed the importance of people getting their booster jabs this festive season to give higher protection against Covid and the latest strain Omicron.
Marin’s sister was with the Il Divo singer in his final moments, as she ‘held his hand until his light extinguished itself.’
‘We miss him a lot,’ she said.
‘All his family and his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa are very grateful for all the support and shows of affection we have been receiving. Carlos is a great person and we’re all very proud of him.’
His lawyer Alberto Martin also described Marin’s shock death as ‘a bad dream,’ and claimed he had delayed going to hospital after he fell ill, hinting that could have played a part in the fatal outcome which left millions of Il Divo fans around the world grief-stricken.
The musician’s lawyer, who helped the singer take legal action against a crazed fan earlier this year, added that the star took ‘every precaution’ to protect himself from the virus.
He told Spanish TV channel Telecinco: ‘As you can imagine the family is heartbroken. We can’t believe what’s happened. It’s happened from one day to the next.
‘It’s like it’s a bad dream, a nightmare, that something like this could have happened to someone with such vitality and such strength.’
He told Spanish TV he believed the singer could have picked up Covid in Gran Canaria, when the Simon Cowell-created crossover group travelled to the sunshine island at the end of November for a concert.
‘The band members took great care but not everything can be controlled.’
He confirmed they will be analysing Marin’s hospital care once they have all the documents, because they ‘didn’t think things were going to turn out this way.’
News of Marin’s death was broken by his band members in a statement reading: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away.
‘He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.’
Simon Cowell was among the many who paid tribute to the singer, as he wrote on Twitter: ‘I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now.
‘I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.’
Il Divo has sold 30 million copies of their albums worldwide since the band formed in 2003.
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