Legendary latin singer José José whose real name was José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, “The Prince of Song” has died at the age of 71 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
The singer died in Miami on Saturday after complications following a treatment for pancreatic cancer. He had gone public with his cancer diagnosis in 2017.
Born in Mexico City in February 1948, José had his first big break in 1970, when he represented Mexico at the Latin Song Festival II, the predecessor to the annual OTI Festival. His song, “El Triste,” finished in third place to a standing ovation and was a huge success in Mexico.
The Mexican singer gained recognition in the 1970 for his performance of Roberto Cantoral’s “El Triste.”
He had s six Grammy award nominations during his career, he also racked up 22 Gold and Platinum records for his album 1983 album “Secretos,” and had six Platinum and four double platinum albums.
His dedication to work inspired a younger generation of artists and musicians, including Latin pop star Julio Iglesias, who interpreted Jose Jose’s first big hit “The Ship of Oblivion.”
José sold tens of millions of albums around the world, including 7 million units of his 1983 album “Secretos.”