Despite the fact that the fatalities of Covid-19 in the entertainment field were not so many in the calendar that is already ending, which makes sense in view of the advances in vaccination, there were also artists who left as a result of the endless evil , although most of the disappeared said goodbye to us for other reasons.
Vicente Fernández (1940-2021)
The undisputed legend of traditional Mexican music ceased to exist on December 12 at the age of 81 after almost four months of a fall suffered at his ranch in Guadalajara that was complicated by a picture of pneumonia. He recorded more than 50 albums and shot more than 30 movies, earning three Grammys, three Latin Grammys, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carmen Salinas (1939) -2021)
The actress, producer and creator of the popular musical “Aventurera” died in Mexico City on December 9, almost a month after suffering a brain hemorrhage that left her in a coma. He appeared in 115 films, 70 plays, 23 soap operas and 9 television series.
Felipe Cazals (1937-2021)
The film director, screenwriter and producer who became known worldwide for his creative mastery and his harsh view of social inequalities left us on October 16 at the age of 84. His most celebrated films are th his films “Las Inocentes” (1986), “Las Poquianchis” (1976), “El Apando (1976)” and “Canoa” (1976), which won the Golden Bear at the Festival de Berlin
Eulalio ‘Sax’ Cervantes Galarza (1969-2021)
The renowned saxophonist from Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio, one of the essential bands of the Rock en Español movement, ceased to exist at the age of 52 as a result of complications from Covid-19, although his health was already greatly reduced by the cirrhosis. He recorded six albums with the band and performed with it around the world.
Almudena Grandes (1930-2021)
The author of 13 novels and three storybooks who left her mark with “The ages of Lulú” (transferred to an intense and very erotic film version of Bigas Luna) ceased to exist on November 27 at the age of 61 as a result of complications from the cancer he had.
Octavio Ocaña (1988-2021)
The actor known for his role as Benito in the television series “Neighbors” died on October 29 at the age of 22, after receiving a gunshot wound on a highway in Cuautitlán Izcalli, State of Mexico. Although the police affirm that he shot himself, there are sources that assure that he was killed by the same agents due to unknown reasons.
Isela Vega (1939-2021)
The Mexican actress, singer-songwriter and filmmaker who was ahead of her times, performed efficiently in various disciplines and became a sex symbol (as well as the object of the ire of conservatives in her country) by being the first Latina in posing nude for Playboy magazine passed away on March 9 of cancer, at the age of 91. He participated in 150 films and was recently in the hit series “La Casa de las Flores”.
Rosita Quintana (1925-2021)
The Argentine-Mexican artist, who was one of the stars of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, died on August 23 at the age of 96 after undergoing surgery in the Aztec capital to remove a tumor in her thyroid. He was the protagonist of Luis Buñuel’s “Susana” and participated in musicals such as “Serenata en México” and “When Mexico sings.”
Johnny Pacheco (1935-2021)
The instrumentalist, arranger, composer, orchestra leader and producer of Dominican origin who became one of the most prominent representatives of salsa, who was responsible for popularizing the name of the genre and who played an essential role in the development of this Music as the founder and music director of Fania Records, he died on February 15 at the age of 85 in New Jersey City.
Johnny Ventura (1940-2021)
On July 28 there was the death of “El Caballo Mayor”, a renowned singer and orchestra leader of Dominican origin, specialized in merengue and salsa, who gave his final sigh in his country of birth at the age of 81. He also held various public positions.
Adalberto Álvarez (1948-2021)
The celebrated Cuban pianist, composer and musical director died on September 1 due to complications from Covid-19, at the age of 72. He founded the group Adalberto Álvarez y su Son in the ’80s, and remained in command of it until the moment of his death.
José Alfredo Jiménez Jr. (1958-2021)
On September 29, the son of the legendary singer and songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez, known as a pop music producer, died of a heart attack caused by complications from cancer that afflicted him in a hospital in Mexico City. He was 62 years old.
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These are the Latin celebrities who left us in 2021