The famous musician Diego Verdaguer dies at the age of 70 as a result of Covid
Argentine singer-songwriter Diego Verdaguer – best known for hits like “Volveré”, “Corazon de Papel” and “Yo te Amo” – has died of complications from Covid-19. He was 70.
Verdaguer died in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. The musician contracted the virus in December and was hospitalized, The Associated Press reported.
His remains are cremated in LA, where he lived for several years. He is survived by his wife, acclaimed singer Amanda Miguel, and their daughter Ana Victoria, who is also a singer.
“It is with absolute sadness that we regret having to announce to all his public and friends that today our beloved Diego left his beautiful body to continue his journey and creativity in a different form of eternal life,” said the Verdaguer-Miguel family in a statement released on social media. “The whole family is lost in this pain so we appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.”
Family members issued a statement asking the public for privacy during their time of mourning, saying Verdaguer will receive a private memorial service, AZCentral reported.
“Later they will organize a public event, but at the moment their pain is so great that they are unable to comment,” the family said.
“More Mexican Than Anything”
Verdaguer was born on April 26, 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He later became a naturalized citizen of Mexico and dedicated several albums to the country, such as Mexicano to the Pampas and the live album Mexicanísimos.
“Let me tell you, I’m more Mexican than anything,” the artist told AP in 2019. “I love Mexico, I love what Mexico has meant to my life, I love the opportunities Mexico has given me.”
Married for 46 years, Verdaguer and Miguel founded their own record company, Diam Music, in 1987. They released all of his productions through the company after acquiring the rights to his masters.
“Amanda Miguel has been my inspiration since I met her,” Verdaguer told the AP. “I really appreciate everything we’ve done together as a couple, as artists and as individuals.”
Verdaguer’s career spanned some 55 years, having debuted as a soloist in Argentina at the age of 17. His first hit “Yo te Amo” topped the Argentine radio charts.
In November, Verdaguer prepared a tango show in tribute to his father, Miguel Ángel Boccadoro Verdaguer. According to AZCentral, the performance should be released as an album in 2022.
In 2019, the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico awarded Verdaguer a special medal for his 50-year career.
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