Il Divo musician Carlos Marín has passed away after falling ill on December 8 with coronavirus
Carlos Marín has died at the age of 53.
The Il Divo musician’s passing was announced on Twitter on Sunday.
The singing group penned on the micro-blogging site: “It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away.
“He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
“For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend.
“We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs.”
Fans have been paying tribute to the classical performer.
One penned: “Heartbroken for you all, what incredibly sad news. I never got to see Il Divo live but was always a fan on the beautiful music you produced. I am so sorry and my love prayers to Carlos, his friend & family and to all those that loved him & the boys.”
Another added: “I literally have no words. So saddened and shocked. This is just so sad. My prayers are with his family and friends. So heartbreaking. Gone too soon.”
More joined in: “OMG I can’t believe this sad news, myself and @mrsseags were only at Brighton on Sat 4th December watching their amazing show and Carlos being his usual charismatic self. Our thoughts are with his personal family and his work family at this very sad time” and “Rest in peace Carlos.”
According to El Espanol, Carlos was admitted to hospital on December 8.
Carlos was reportedly intubated when he was rushed to hospital in Manchester.
Carlos, who lived between Madrid and Mexico, had been due to perform with his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa on New Year’s Eve on Spanish state TV.
The programme reported in a Thursday lunchtime bulletin: “We have spoken to Carlos’ agent who has confirmed to us that he has been in hospital in Manchester with coronavirus for a week.
“He has told us that he began to feel unwell on December 7 and found out he had Covid after taking a test.
“Every day the singer himself had been telling him how he felt and the last time they spoke Carlos told him he felt worse.
“Yesterday the singer wasn’t answering his messages and he’s now in intensive care and intubated.
“The agent has also told us Carlos was vaccinated against Covid in Mexico.
“His ex-wife is with him in hospital because although they separated 12 years ago they remain great friends.”
Last week, the group shared that they were postponing their remaining UK tour dates until 2022 due to ‘illness’, although they didn’t share any further detail.
On December 10, the band took to their Twitter to share the rest of this year’s UK tour dates had been postponed.
They said: “Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022.
“Il Divo are deeply sorry to their fans, but look forward to returning to the road in the new year and seeing you all in the run up to next Christmas.”
The band were scheduled to perform two festive European shows, but they were postponed until July next year.
Carlos’ ex-wife, better known by her stage name Innocence, had confused the singer’s army of fans earlier in the week with a photo showing him looking happy and cheerful and surrounded by dancers he was due to perform with on New Year’s Eve.
She revealed on Wednesday she had recorded the New Year’s Eve special for Spanish TV with her former husband in which they sing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Despite the fact Carlos was in hospital at the time and Il Divo had cancelled its UK concerts for the rest of the year because of it, she posted pictures of them with the dancers that were going to accompany them, saying in a message alongside the snaps: “Finally, we have recorded the New Year’s Eve programme. Our song of the year, Bohemian Rhapsody.
“Carlos and I are very happy with our great artist dancer friends.
“We are very happy to be celebrating December 31 on TVE1 with the whole of Spain. See you soon.”
Fans responded by bombarding her with questions about the Il Divo star’s health, but were met with silence.
Carlos’ last Instagram post before his hospital dash was shared on December 6, where he promoted the tour alongside bandmates David Miller, Sébastien Izambard and Urs Bühler.
The group have been going since 2003 and they have sold over 30million copies of their albums worldwide.
When they first met, the four didn’t know each other and spoke a variety of different languages – they hail from France, Spain, Switzerland and America – and soon started bickering.
The band were once managed by Simon Cowell and his record label, when they first shot to fame but in 2017 they parted ways.