FUNERAL plans have been put in place following the death of Mexican singer and icon Vicente Fernandez.
The 'king of rancheras', who was known to his loving fans as 'Chente,' died in Guadalajara at the age of 81 on December 12, 2021. Here’s all you need to know.
When is Vicente Fernandez's funeral?
Vicente Fernandez’s funeral service is expected to take place on Monday in his estate Los Tres Potrillos, located just outside of Guadalajara.
His four children, Gerardo, Vicente Jr, Alejandro’s and Alejandra indicated that his father’s body will not be cremated and instead will be buried.
In 2016, Fernández previously spoke his wishes for a quiet funeral.
He said: “I prefer a quiet wake like any person who ceases to exist.
“I know that the affection that my people have for me will accompany me to the end and I don’t want to avoid it.
“I want them to remember me as a human being that the only success I had is that they remember me with affection.”
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Will the funeral be open to the public?
The funeral service on December 13 is private and will only be attended by Vicente’s close family and friends.
However, a day earlier, thousands of fans were able to pay their respects at a tribute ceremony held at the VFG Arena, Guadalajara.
The coffin with the remains of the singer was placed on stage, along with religious statues including a Christ and a Virgin of Guadalupe.
During the ceremony, Vicente’s son Alejandro Fernández and a Mariachi band performed a collection of songs to pay tribute to the late singer.
What was his cause of death?
Fernandez had been been hospitalized for four months after a fall at his ranch.
He had already been suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome,an autoimmune disorder where a person's nerves are damaged by their own immune system.
In 2012, Fernández underwent surgery to remove almost half of his liver due to a tumor.
He also faced pulmonary thrombosis and had three hernias removed.
Even the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, paid tribute to the singer on Twitter.
The Mexican icons death was confirmed via his person Instagram account.
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