Vicente Fernández Dead at 81: Maluma, Ricky Martin and More Pay Tribute

Vicente Fernandez
ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images

The Latin music world is mourning the loss of one of its pioneers. On Sunday, Vicente Fernández’s family confirmed that the Mexican musician, known as the El Ídolo de México or the Mexican Idol, died at the age of 81. No cause of death has been released.  

After the news of his death, celebrities, politicians and more of those who were inspired by the late star took to social media to honor the late legend. Maluma shared a picture featuring him and the crooner together, writing, “You will continue to be 'THE KING.' A hug full of strength to your family that I love and appreciate so much. 💔” 

Ricky Martin, who was on hand to present the icon with the President’s Award at the 2019 Latin GRAMMYs, shared a picture from the special moment and wrote, “I am heartbroken. Don Chente with me was an angel all his life. He loved me very much and I loved him. Whenever he went to Guadalajara he came to my concerts and the only thing that consoles my soul, at this moment, is that every time we saw each other I told him how important he was to me. All my love and strength to his family and all of us who suffered this great loss.”  

Gloria Estefan, who has always been one of his “great fans,” paid a touching tribute. “Today is a difficult and painful day for the world of music with the loss of a Mexican titan who, for decades, carried his roots and culture in style throughout the world. @_vicentefdez 💔 Don Vicente Fernandez leaves us a legacy of songs, films and new generations that will follow his musical mission and raise his name with each note they sing," she wrote. "My condolences to his loved ones and each of the people who love and respect him. I am one of his great fans and I will continue to love, respect and admire him for the great person he was and the deep traces he leaves in history. 💔🎶🌻🙏🏻.” 

See more reactions to the icon's death below.  


Vicente Fernández, Beloved Mexican Music Icon, Dead at 81

Paquita la del Barrio Gets Honored at Billboard Latin Music Awards

Maluma Addresses the Rumor He Was Dating Kim Kardashian

Related Gallery