(CNN) — Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, 81, passed away on Sunday at a hospital in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, according to a post published on his official Instagram account.
The ranchera star was in poor health after a fall in August that forced him to have surgery.READ MORE: SeaWorld Orlando Transfers 4 Manatee Calves To Ohio For Treatment
Locally known as El Rey, the king of Mexican music, Fernandez recorded more than 300 songs, sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and won three Grammys and eight Latin Grammys.READ MORE: 'Sick To My Stomach': Dollar Tree Fanatics Protest New $1.25 Prices
He was best known for his songs “Volver, Volver,” “Por Tu Maldito Amor,” and “El Rey.”
Fernandez — who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — was named Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2002.MORE NEWS: Add Over-The-Counter Medicine To List Of Growing Shortages
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