Beloved Mexican singer Vicente Fernández, also known as “El Gran Charro de Huentitán,” continues to be in critical but stable condition after being hospitalized on Sunday in México, according to a statement.
“The current state of Mr. Vicente Fernández remains critical, but stable in relation to his vital signs,” the singer’s doctors notified via the family’s Instagram account on Wednesday. They added that he is on a ventilator and in the intensive care unit in a hospital in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Through the statement, the medical team added that his brain functions remain intact and that they expect a “progressive recovery.”
Fernández, 81, was hospitalized on Aug. 8 after suffering a fall at his ranch Los Tres Potrillos in Guadalajara.
After he was transferred to the hospital, the singer underwent surgery because the fall caused a spinal cord injury to the cervical spine, according to the statement.
Prior to his surgery, Fernández wrote a message on his Instagram account that moved his fans, but also caused concern. “Don’t give up on your dreams. Dedicating my life to singing was the best decision I could have made,” the singer wrote, finishing off with “Chente sigue siendo el rey,” an ode to his song that well established him as the “King of Rancheras.”
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His son Alejandro Fernández, also a beloved Mexican singer who was in Europe at the time of the accident, immediately traveled to Guadalajara to be close to his father. He, along with his daughter and other family members, shared on social media their appreciation for Fernández and hopes for a safe recovery. Other artists, like Paquita la Del Barrio and Maribel Guardia, have also shared messages of hope and prayer on their social media platforms.
Fernández’s health troubles over the years
In July, Fernández, was admitted to the hospital for a urinary tract infection. At that time, the singer sent out a message to let his audience know that he was fine.
In recent years, the singer has seen himself visiting hospitals for a number of health concerns.
In 2002, Vicente Fernández was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since it was announced to the media, Fernández and his family have remained quiet on the matter.
In 2012, a tumor was detected in his liver, which was subsequently removed.
In 2013 the singer was in the hospital after suffering a pulmonary thrombosis. At that time, Fernández issued a statement assuring his fans that the doctors told him he would be fine, “that I have already gotten rid of worse. So there’ll be Vicente for a while!” he wrote.
And in 2015, the singer underwent surgery for a ventral hernia.
One year later in 2016, Fernández said his goodbyes to the stage and offered a free concert at the Azteca Stadium in México City. The show was titled “Un Azteca en el Azteca,” — an Aztec in the Aztec.
During the concert, the singer thanked the audience for all his affection and talked about how he wanted to be remembered.
“That is the inheritance that I want to leave my children; that the day God picks me up, they tell me: we had a father who worked hard to give us what we have and who was capable of dying on stage and take to his grave what he most adored in life — your affection, your respect and your applause,” he said.