The Mexican-Argentinian singer-songwriter Diego Verdaguer, whose romantic hits such as Corazón de Papel, Yo te Amo and Volveré sold almost 50m copies, has died of complications from Covid-19, his family said. He was 70.
Verdaguer died on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, his daughter Ana Victoria said in a statement released by Diam Music, his record company.
“With absolute sadness, I regret to inform his fans and friends that today my father left his beautiful body to continue his path and creativity in another form of eternal life,” his daughter said. “My mother, I and the whole family are immersed in this pain, so we appreciate your understanding in these difficult times.”
The statement was also published on the Twitter account of Verdaguer’s wife, the singer Amanda Miguel, with the hashtag #restinpeace.
Verdaguer dedicated his last blogpost to his wife. “I will never tire of dedicating this song to you. You are the thief who stole my heart!” he wrote, referring to his song Thief.
Verdaguer contracted Covid in December and was admitted to hospital. His publicist in Mexico, Claudia López Ibarra, said he had been vaccinated against the virus. “Yes, he was vaccinated … but the virus attacked him in the US when the Delta variant was present,” she said.
She said Verdaguer travelled tfrequently o the US, especially after the birth of Lucca, the eldest son of Ana Victoria, who lives in LA.
Verdaguer was born in Buenos Aires on 26 April 1951 and debuted as a soloist at the age of 17 with the single Lejos del Amor.
Since 1980 he had lived in Mexico, to which he dedicated his album Mexicano hasta las Pampas, which was nominated for two Latin Grammys, and its sequel, Mexicano hasta las Pampas 2, as well as the live album Mexicanísimos.
“I can tell you, I am more Mexican than anything. I love Mexico, I love what Mexico has meant in my life, I love the opportunities that Mexico has given me,” he said in an interview in 2019.
Verdaguer met Miguel when she was 18 and he was 24. Ana Victoria was born in 1983. “Amanda Miguel has been my inspiration since I met her,” he said. “I really appreciate everything we’ve done together as a couple, as artists, as individuals.”
Verdaguer made the leap to streaming in recent years and accumulated more than 2 million followers on social networks. “You have to evolve spiritually and understand the meaning of life,” he said.
“We came to live a divine experience, we came to learn, we came to give ourselves, we came to perfect ourselves, we came to give, we came to help, because giving and helping one feels better.”