Mexican-naturalized Argentine singer Diego Verdaguer, interpreter of hits such as “Yo te amo” and “Volveré”, died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of COVID-19. He was 70 years old.
Diego Verdaguer daughter Ana Victoria reported the death in a statement sent by Diam Music, Verdaguer’s record label, and his wife, fellow singer Amanda Miguel.
“With absolute sadness, I regret to inform all the public and his friends that today his father left his beautiful body to continue his path and creativity in another form of eternal life,” said Ana Victoria. “My mother, I and the whole family are immersed in this pain, so we appreciate your understanding in these difficult times.”
Verdaguer died Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles. According to the statement sent early Friday, he had suffered from COVID-19 since December and was hospitalized. No details about his funeral were released, and his representatives asked to respect the family’s privacy.
The singer celebrated 50 years of artistic career in 2019. He was born in Buenos Aires on April 26, 1951, and debuted as a soloist at the age of 17 with the single “Lejos del amor”, which was followed by others such as “Yo te amo” and “I will be back”.
Since 1980 he lived in Mexico, a country to which he dedicated his album “Mexicano to the Pampas”, nominated for two Latin Grammys, and its sequel, “Mexicano to the Pampas 2”, as well as the live album “Mexicanísimos”, from which he released two volumes.
“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,” the artist said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2019.
Verdaguer met Amanda Miguel when she was 18 and he was 24. His daughter Ana Victoria, who is also a singer, was born in 1983.
“Amanda Miguel has been my inspiration since I met her,” Verdaguer told the AP. “I really appreciate everything we’ve done together as a couple, as artists, as individuals.”
In 1987, the couple founded Diam Music, with which Verdaguer released all of his productions to date, including the most recent, 2019’s “Corazón bambino”, and an album that will be released posthumously, “Por la libre”.
Other of his successes were “Paper heart”, “May you suffer more”, “I only believe in you” and “La ladrona”, which reached the first places of popularity in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Italy.
In 2019, Diego Verdaguer was recognized by the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers (SACM) with a special award for his 50-year career.
“You have to evolve spiritually and understand the meaning of life,” Verdaguer told the AP. “We come to live a divine experience, we come to learn, we come to give ourselves, we come to perfect ourselves, we come to give, we come to help, because by giving and helping you feel better.”