Monday, August 9, 2010

RIP Roberto Cantoral

Rancho Viejo-based composer passes away in Mexico.

Rancho Viejo-based composer Roberto Cantoral has passed away after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Brownsville to Mexico City.

The El Universal newspaper reported on it's on-line edition Sunday that Cantoral's plane had to make an emergency landing in Toluca.

The newspaper reported that the 75-year-old composer had suffered from health problems for the past two years.

El Universal reported that Cantoral is expected to be cremated and his ashes may be scattered in his hometown of Tampico.

Cantoral is known for his compisitions for such songs as "La Barca," "El Triste," "El Reloj" and "Al Final."

The composer lived just outside of Brownsville in the Town of Rancho Viejo.

Cantoral's home, which can be seen off the frontage road of U.S. Expressway 77/83, is landscaped with several statues and a giant marble clock in honor of his hit song, "El Reloj."

The home was damaged by fire back in March 2006 but was restored.

El Universal reported that Cantrol had a life-term as president of Mexico's Society of Music Authors & Composers (SACM).

The newspaper reported that his body will be displayed for at least two hours at Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes.

El Univesrsal reported that musicians Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastián and Martín Urieta were notified about Cantoral's death.

Cantoral's daughter Itati Cantoral currently stars with singer Pedro Fernandez in the telenovela "Hasta Que El Dinero Nos Separe" on Univision.

CANTORAL, Roberto (Roberto Cantoral Garcia)
Born: 6/17/1935, Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Died: 8/7/2010, Toluca, Mexico State, Mexico

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