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Legendary Mexican singer Armando Manzanero dies at age 85 after being admitted to hospital with COVID-19

After Armando Manzanero was hospitalized with COVID infection, the legendary Mexican singer and songwriter passed away.

The 85-year-old ballad singer was diagnosed with a coronavirus on December 17 and hospitalized five days later in a medical facility in Mexico City. He was placed on a ventilator due to shortness of breath and died on Monday 28 December.

His manager, Laura Blum, said his death was caused by complications of a kidney problem.

Blum has revealed that Manzanero will be cremated in Mexico City and his remains will be brought to his hometown of Merida, in the state of Yucatan.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed his condolences at a press conference and described the deceased singer as a ‘man of the people’.

‘Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I regret his death. He was also a good composer, ”he said.

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The singer, whose career spanned seven decades, was a crooner best known for songs such as ‘Somos Novios’, which became the Perry Como series ‘It’s Impossible’ in the 1970s with translated English lyrics.

Manzanero, who was the president of the Mexican Society of Writers and Composers (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México), received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2014, he also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States, the became the first Mexican to receive the honor.

The famous composer is survived by seven children and 16 grandchildren

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