Argentine singer-songwriter Diego Verdaguer, whose romantic hits like “Corazón de papel”, “Yo te amo” and “Volveré” have sold nearly 50 million copies, has died from complications related to COVID-19.
The naturalized Mexican-Argentinian musician, who was married to singer Amanda Miguel, died Thursday in Los Angeles, his daughter Ana Victoria said in a statement released by Diam Music, Verdaguer’s record label. He was 70.
“It is with absolute sadness that I must announce to his fans and friends that today my father left his beautiful body to continue his journey and creativity in another form of eternal life,” said his daughter. “My mother, I and the whole family are immersed in this pain, so we appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.”
Dedicating his last blog post to his wife, Verdaguer wrote: “I never tire of dedicating this song to you. You are the thief that stole my heart!” he wrote, referring to his song Thief.
Verdaguer contracted COVID-19 in December and was hospitalized, according to the statement. His publicist in Mexico, Claudia López Ibarra, said he was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“Yes, he was vaccinated … but the virus attacked him in the US when the Delta variant was present,” López Ibarra told the AP in a text message.
According to the publicist, Verdaguer traveled frequently to the United States, especially after the birth of Lucca, the eldest son of Ana Victoria, who lives in Los Angeles.
Verdaguer was born on April 26, 1951 in Buenos Aires and made his solo debut at the age of 17 with the single “Lejos del amor”, which was followed by other songs like “Yo te amo” and “Volveré”.
Since 1980 he has lived in Mexico, a country to which he dedicated his album “Mexicano hasta las Pampas” and its sequel “Mexicano hasta las Pampas 2”, which was nominated for two Latin Grammys, as well as the live album “Mexicanísimos”.
“I can tell you I’m more Mexican than anything. I love Mexico, I love what Mexico has meant to my life, I love the opportunities Mexico has given me,” the artist said in a 2019 interview.
Verdaguer met Miguel when she was 18 and he was 24.
“Amanda Miguel has been my inspiration since I met her,” Verdaguer said. “I really appreciate everything we’ve done together as a couple, as artists and as individuals.”
In 2019, Verdaguer received a special award from the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers for his 50-year career.
In recent years, Verdaguer has made the leap to streaming and amassed more than 2 million followers across social media platforms.
“You have to evolve spiritually and understand the meaning of life,” Verdaguer said. “We have come to have a divine experience, we have come to learn, we have come to give ourselves, we have come to perfect ourselves, we have come to give, we are came to help, because giving and helping feels better.”
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2022-01-31/diego-verdaguer-argentine-singer-songwriter-dies-covid-19 Diego Verdaguer dead: Argentine singer-songwriter had COVID-19