The death from Vicente Fernandez On December 12, he shocked his thousands of fans around the world, however “El Charro de Huentitán” not only left an iconic legacy of regional Mexican music, but also left a family that will transmit his legacy to future generations. .
With dignity, respect, admiration and above all, with the love of his people, he was like Chente (short for Vicente) He was fired of this world, as well as of his two great loves: his family and your audience.
Vicente Fernández was born on February 17, 1940 in Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco. He was the son of rancher Ramón Fernández Barba and Paula Gómez and, after his death at age 81, he will be remembered for being one of the greatest representatives of music regional Mexican.
The legacy began when Vicente met who would be his wife and faithful companion for more than 50 years, María del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, better known as “Cuquita”, whom he met during his childhood when the singer lived in Huentitán, Jalisco.
“Doña Cuquita” was born on July 23, 1946. At 17 he decided to give love a chance and that’s when he started dating “Chente.”
The lovers were separated for a time, as the singer went out to pursue his dream in Mexico City, but their great love managed to unite them again and on December 27, 1963, the couple got married.
The fruit of this relationship left three children: Vicente, Gerardo and Alejandro Fernandez. Also, the adoption of a woman: Alejandra, who is the daughter of Cuquita’s sister. Added to them are eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who will continue the Fernández legacy.
The eldest of the marriage’s children is Vicente Fernandez Jr., who was born on November 11, 1963 in Mexico City. Vicente followed in his father’s footsteps and tried to form a musical career, however, he did not have the same success as “Chente” on stage.
One of the biggest controversies of the show occurred when in 1998, when it was announced that Vicente Fernández’s eldest son had been kidnapped.
The Fernándezes received a message from the kidnappers, who were allegedly part of a criminal gang known as Los “Mochadedos” due to its peculiar way of operating, since they tortured their victims, cutting off their limbs to pressure family members with large amounts of money.
Vicente Fernández Jr. was deprived of his liberty for 121 days.
According to an interview by Univision, with an ex-worker from the ranch “Los 3 Potrillos”, during that time the Charro de Huentitán went to the stables of the ranch to “Cry of despair.” Finally, the Fernández family paid $ 3.2 million As a rescue and the eldest of Vicente’s children, he managed to return home with no two fingers.
Vicente Fernández Jr, is the father of: Vicente, Fernanda, Ramón and Sissi Fernández, who were the product of his first marriage. The singer later married the journalist Mara Patricia Castañeda, with whom he had a passionate romance until 2015. Currently, Vicente is engaged to the model Mariana González and is the grandfather of 4 children: Luca, Carlotta, Antonella Y Emilio.
Gerardo Fernandez He is the second biological son of Vicente and María del Refugio Abarca and He is the most reserved son in the family, staying away from the spotlight to lead a life as an entrepreneur.
His biggest public appearance was in 2011, when he ran for a deputation of the coalition between the Institutional Revolutionary Party Y the Green Ecologist, but the results did not favor him.
Although since then he has managed to keep a low profile, he was recently involved in a controversy after the publication of the book “The Last King”, where the youngest of the Fernández brothers was pointed out to have a friendship with Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, member of the Sinaloa cartel.
Alejandro Fernandez He is the third son of Vicente and “Cuquita”, who was born on November 4, 1993 in Mexico City, and is currently the most successful musician in the Fernández family.
The singer managed to interpret several times alongside his father on stage and also shared credits with him in the movie “My dear old man.”
“El Potrillo” is the father of Alejandro Jr., Camila Y America, who were the fruit of his first marriage to America Guinart. In addition, in his second marriage to the model Ximena Díaz, Alejandro had Emiliano Y Valentina. Currently, his daughter Camila made him a grandfather with the arrival of his first-born: Cayetana, and his son “Alex” is waiting for their first child.
Alejandra Fernandez, who is the only daughter of Vicente Fernández is the adopted daughter of the singer, who came to join the family just 40 days after she was born.
According to Vicente during an interview: “Alejandra is the daughter of Gloria, a sister of my wife. But since I didn’t have daughters … Alejandra’s story, I was, I don’t know, 40 days old, so it was my birthday and I lived in Guadalajara, and she left me the girl, “said the ‘Charro de Huentitán’ In an interview. “And he left her and I played with her until she made her sleepy. Then I put her in the crib and said ‘go to sleep now’ and she fell asleep. With that they beat me ”.
Alejandra Fernández maintains a very low profile and practically does not appear in the media, but it is known that currently She is a graphic designer and is dedicated to the manufacture and design of bags. In 2014, the adoptive daughter of “Charro de Huentitán” married the pianist José Luis Altamirano, from whom she separated a few months before their wedding anniversary.
Álex and Camila Fernández They are the only grandchildren of Vicente Fernández who decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a musical career. Both managed to debut with great successes, which filled the “Charro de Huentitán” with pride.
Since he was a child, Alex demonstrated his musical talent, which prompted him to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. In 2018, Vicente himself sponsored him on his first musical release and in 2019, he accompanied him when he released his first album with songs selected by the two and recorded in Vicente’s private studio. Álex interprets, like his grandfather and father, Mexican regional music, plays the piano and composes.
Until the end of his days, Vicente Fernández was a kind of coach for Alex. In various interviews, the singer has confessed that he gives him advice to behave on stage, to treat and encourage the public, how to function in interviews and even to manage social networks, as well as how to take care of his family.
In 2018, Vicente’s grandson dabbled in music with the single I will love you and in 2019 he released his first album Follow the dynasty, which was a commercial success and was under the direction of his grandfather.
In the pandemic, Alejandro Fernández took the baton of his son’s teacher and, just as his father once did with him, he began to support his son Alex by inviting him on his tour Made in Mexico.
For her part, Camila Fernández debuted in 2014 with her father on the stage of the MGM Gran Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where he played the single Today I want you.
After the success of the show and the euphoria of Alejandro’s fans for wanting more music from the singer’s daughter, Camila collaborated again in 2012 with her father with the theme The endless cycle from The Lion King, which was part of the album: We love disney (Latin).
The rest of Vicente Fernández’s grandchildren have kept his life private, however, it is known that the “Charro de Huentitán” managed to meet his 5 great-grandchildren, whom he loved until his last day of life.
Camila Fernández shared an emotional farewell video through her official Instagram account, in which her first-born Cayetana appears, in the company of her great-grandfather Vicente Fernandez singing a song to him.
The video quickly went viral, as the video shows “Chente” singing a sweet melody to the little baby, who rested in a stroller while enjoying the song.
In the publication, the daughter of “El Potrillo” said goodbye to her grandfather remembering the sweet moment that her daughter lived in the company of her great-grandfather: “You don’t die because you live in your people, in your children, in your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren, and your music forever. Thank you thank you thank you.”
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