To the non-Latino community this is pretty much a “who?—so what?” type of event. But trust me—to the Latino music world this would be on a par with somebody Like Springsteen or Elton John dying. Even more so in a way, because even at the age of 66 he was still active in his career. When I was teaching myself Spanish about 15 years ago, I had a lot of his songs memorized and sang along to the lyrics whenever they would play on the radio at work. Querida (beloved) was his most famous and heavily-played song, and even to this day I remember all the lyrics and am singing them to myself right now.
Oh Christ—how mortifying—I misspelled his name. Would a mod please fix?