Chilean singer and actress Lucho Gatica, known for the performances of romantic butlers, died on Tuesday at the age of 90 in Mexico, where he settled down decades ago, his family said.
"Good trip, I love you …" wrote Instagram's account, his son, Luis Gatica, based in Mexico, accompanying the message with the image of a black crepe in mourning.
The singer died accompanied by his family and due to the general wear and tear due to his advanced age.
Born in Rancagua on August 11, 1928, Gatica gained international reputation in the 1950s for her interpretation of romantic melodies such as Canela Skin, Contigo en la distancia and Bésame mucho, which led him to become internationally known. as the "King of the Bolero".
In our country, the authorities have expressed sorrow for his death. The government declared a day of official mourning in a tax to one of the most famous national singers.
"The" bolero king "paid us with emotion and pride with his music all over the world, he was and will be a great ambassador of our country," said Minister of Internal Affairs and Public Security, Andres Tsatwick.
For her part, Minister of Culture, Consuelo Valdés, emphasized the artist's "enormous talent", which led him to conquer "great stages of the world leaving an indelible mark on a musical genre."
Success in Mexico
His first successes led him to tour Latin America and make the decision to move to Mexico in 1957, a country from which his artistic career gained the definitive impetus.
In the Aztecs, where he settled for more than two decades, the young singer became a star and triumphed on all levels, with melodies such as "Do not Tell Me More", "You Mean Me" and "I'm Going to Clear the Light" others.
He also returned to the Mexican cinema industry, sharing scenes with renowned figures such as Agustín Lara, Libertad Lamarque and Pedro Vargas.
His reputation in these years was illustrated even in the literary work of the creators such as the Peruvian Nobel, Mario Vargas Llosa.
In 2007, Gatica was recognized with the Latin Grammy for Excellence Award and in 2008 was honored with a star at the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In Chile, he received the Order of Value Gabriela Mistral and the Chilean Society for Copyright Rights (SCD) named the Basic Shape of Music in 2007.