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US News Iconic Mexican singer José José has died at 71

08:20  29 september  2019
08:20  29 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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José José , the beloved "Príncipe de la canción," has died after years battling pancreatic cancer, the Mexican Ministry of Culture said. The Spanish-language singer , songwriter and actor -- whose birth name is José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz-- had been battling pancreatic cancer and had been hospitalized

Latin Singer Jose Jose Dead at 71 . Latin singer José José has died after a battle with cancer. The Mexican cultural icon -- known as "El Principe de la Cancion José José was a rock star in the '70s and '80s, cranking out records like "El Triste," "El Amar y el Querer," "Almohada," "Vamos a Darnos

Jose Jose et al. sitting posing for the camera: The '2013 Latinos de Hoy Awards' At Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium © hoto by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for '2013 Latinos de Hoy Awards' The '2013 Latinos de Hoy Awards' At Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium

Legendary Mexican singer José José, who was known as "El Principe de la Cancion," or "The Prince of Song," has died, Mexico's Ministry of Culture said Saturday. He was 71. 

"From the beginning of his career, the performer of El Triste became one of the most beloved voices in Mexico. RIP," the Ministry of Culture tweeted.

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José José said in 2017 he suffered from pancreatic cancer. According to Entertainment Tonight, he said he was receiving chemotherapy to remove the tumor. 

"I want to you to know that aside from the small tumor, I am well. I am ready to take on this new adventure in my life," he said in Spanish at the time. 

Fans pay tribute to the late Mexican singer and actor Jose Jose after knowing of his death, in front of his monument in Mexico City on September 28, 2019. - Jose Jose -aka the Principe de la Cancion- a velvety-voiced Mexican crooner who was wildly popular in Latin America over a 50-year career that spawned love song after love song, died on September 28, 2019, in Florida, US, the Mexican government and his son said. He was 71. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP/Getty Images) Fans pay tribute to the late Mexican singer and actor Jose Jose after knowing of his death, in front of his monument in Mexico City on September 28, 2019. - Jose Jose -aka the Principe de la Cancion- a velvety-voiced Mexican crooner who was wildly popular in Latin America over a 50-year career that spawned love song after love song, died on September 28, 2019, in Florida, US, the Mexican government and his son said. He was 71. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP/Getty Images)

José José was born José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, in Mexico City in 1948 and began singing and playing the guitar at the age of 15, according to ET. He took the name José José after his father, who was also named José Sosa and who died in 1968.

He became a household name in 1971 after winning over audiences for his rendition of Roberto Cantoral's song "El Triste," or "The Sad Man," at a renowned festival, according to ET. He never learned to read or write music but instead used an improvisational style. 

Jose Jose et al. sitting at a table: Singer Jose Jose, Winner of the Special Achievement in Music, 50 Years poses with the award at the '2013 Latinos de Hoy Awards' Sponsored by OneLegacy on Saturday, October 12 at Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.  © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Singer Jose Jose, Winner of the Special Achievement in Music, 50 Years poses with the award at the '2013 Latinos de Hoy Awards' Sponsored by OneLegacy on Saturday, October 12 at Los Angeles Times Chandler Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

He climbed to the top of the Latin charts in the 1970s slow ballads like "Almohada" or "Pillow, according to the Associated Press. 

He told the Los Angeles Times in 1996 that his music is his "personal biography."  

Fans pay tribute to the late Mexican singer and actor Jose Jose after knowing of his death, in front of his monument in Mexico City on September 28, 2019. - Jose Jose -aka the Principe de la Cancion- a velvety-voiced Mexican crooner who was wildly popular in Latin America over a 50-year career that spawned love song after love song, died on September 28, 2019, in Florida, US, the Mexican government and his son said. He was 71. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP/Getty Images) Fans pay tribute to the late Mexican singer and actor Jose Jose after knowing of his death, in front of his monument in Mexico City on September 28, 2019. - Jose Jose -aka the Principe de la Cancion- a velvety-voiced Mexican crooner who was wildly popular in Latin America over a 50-year career that spawned love song after love song, died on September 28, 2019, in Florida, US, the Mexican government and his son said. He was 71. (Photo by CLAUDIO CRUZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO CRUZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the course of the five-decade career, he became as famous for his personality as his high-pitched singing voice.  He sold over 30 albums, garnered 20 Hot Latin Songs hits, and sold almost 2 million albums in the U.S. His popularity increased as he continued to sing about love and loneliness, according to ET. 

"My history has been one of ups and downs," he told the Los Angeles Times. "But thanks to God, I keep working, drawing from my life experiences songs that I can sing."

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