Flowers will be placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Mexican singing star Jose Jose, two days after his death in Miami at age 71 from pancreatic cancer.
Jose Jose received his Walk of Fame star in 2004.
Born Jose Romulo Sosa Ortiz Feb. 17, 1948, in Mexico City to a family of musicians, Jose Jose became known as “El Principe de la Cancion” (“The Prince of Song”) for his romantic ballads and gifted vocals.
He began serenading and playing guitar in his early teens, then later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio in which he sang and played bass and double bass. In the early 1970s, he launched a successful solo career that spanned more than 40 years, during which, he was regarded as one of the most talented singers of Latin American popular music, with a vocal style that influenced many Latin pop artists.
His 1983 album “Secretos” sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, according to Wikipedia, making it one of the best selling albums in the history of Mexican music. He received several Grammy Award nominations and sold out such venues as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
He even showcased his acting talents in such films as Gavilan o Paloma and Perdoname Todo.
His life was turbulent at times, as he dealt with financial problems resulting particularly from medical bills stemming from his wife’s cerebral brain hemorrhage in 2008, which nearly caused him to go bankrupt, according to Wikipedia, which also indicated that he had earlier been defrauded by his previous wife and her brother.
The site also noted that he had suffered from health issues — some of which affected his vocal abilities — going back years, including a severe case of pneumonia in 1972 that permanently damaged one of his lungs and nearly ended his career. He reportedly suffered from alcoholism and depression, as well. In March 2017, he was diagnosed with the pancreatic cancer that would eventually lead to his death.
He married twice and fathered three children.