Legendary Mexican-Argentinian singer Diego Verdaguer dies at 70

By Hannah Ryan, CNN

The singer-songwriter Diego Verdaguer, a legend of the latin american music scene — passed away at the age of 70.

On Thursday, Verdaguer’s daughter, Ana Victoria, and his wife, Amanda Miguel – who are also singers – both confirmed that the Mexican-Argentine star had died and posted a declaration on the news.

“With absolute sadness, we regret to inform his fans and friends that our beloved Diego left his beautiful body to continue his path and his creativity in another form of eternal life,” the statement read. “The whole family is in this pain, so we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”

Verdaguer was an extremely popular figure in Mexicoin Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America and had his first international success in 1975, when his song “Volveré” (“I’ll be back”) became a hit in Mexico and sold over five million copies. .

Born in Buenos Aires, the singer rose to fame at the age of 17 when he made his debut as a solo artist with the song “Lejos del Amor” (“Far From Love”).

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Verdaguer enjoyed further success with the albums “El Secreto Callado” (“The Silent Secret”) and “Estoy Vivo” (“I Am Alive”). It was this last album – which featured some of Verdaguer’s greatest hits such as “Corazón de Papel” (“Paper Heart”) and “Que Sufras Más” (“May You Suffer More”) – that helped cement his megastar status. .

“La Ladrona” (“The Thief”) from “Estoy Vivo” was an international hit – it reached No. 1 in the charts in Mexico, throughout Latin America, the United States, Spain, Italy and in many other European countries, according to Verdaguer’s Diam Music record label.

He continued making music well into the 21st century – his most recent album was released in 2019.

That same year, Verdaguer was recognized by the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM) with a special medal commemorating a career that spanned 50 years.

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CNN’s Mariano Castillo contributed to this report.

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