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Mexican musical icon José José dead at 71

2019-09-29

José José, the beloved Mexican pop singer affectionately referred to as “The Prince of Song,” died Saturday in Miami. He was 71.

The legendary “El Triste” and “La nave del olvido" singer succumbed to pancreatic cancer, the Mexican Ministry of Culture reported.

Born in 1948 in Mexico City, the famed singer, whose real name is José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, was one of the country’s most revered entertainers.

He began his singing career in bossa nova and jazz before recording his pop classic “El Triste” in 1970.

“Since the beginning of his career, the singer of ‘El Triste’ became one of the most beloved voices in Mexico. Rest in Peace," the Mexican Ministry of Culture tweeted Saturday.

José José announced his cancer diagnosis in 2017 and spent time in Miami last year receiving treatment.

A telenovela based on his life, starring Alejandro de la Madrid, aired on Telemundo in 2018.

He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, and in 2007, a bronze stature of him was unveiled in the Mexico City neighborhood where he grew up.