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Entertainment Hundreds honor iconic Mexican crooner at Miami wake

23:40  06 october  2019
23:40  06 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

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MIAMI (AP) — Hundreds are gathering in Miami to honor the life of Mexican crooner José José, who died in Miami eight days ago at age 71.

Known as the "Prince of Song," José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz was beloved across Latin America and among Hispanics in the United States. Several hundred fans with Mexican, Colombian, Argentine and other Latino origins arrived Sunday at the Miami Dade County Auditorium to pay respects at a ceremony open to the public.

FILE - This April 25, 2013 file photo shows singer Jose Jose at the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla. A funeral service for the Mexican singer, who died on Sept. 28, 2019 from pancreatic cancer at age 71, will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 in Miami. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File): José José © Provided by The Associated Press José José

José José rose to stardom in 1970 with his hit "El Triste" or "The Sad One." Always dressed elegantly, the gifted singer was a combination of baritone and lyric tenor and revered for his ability to sustain long notes.

The Latin American cultural icon told fans in 2017 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.

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