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Il Divo’s Carlos Marin: Dead At 53

According to the surviving members of the quartet, Carlos Marín, a member of the chart-topping pop-opera group Il Divo, has died at the age of 53.

On 12.10, Il Divo previously announced that their remaining British concerts in December were postponed “due to illness” and on 12.17 they later informed fans that Marín had been taken to the hospital, with Spanish newspaper El Pais reporting that the singer was in a medically induced coma.

Taking to the quartet’s Instagram page the group stated: “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 wiIl never be another voice or spirit like Carlos,” Il Divo wrote. “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.”

A German-born, Spain-raised baritone, Marín was recruited to join Il Divo – along with tenors Urs Buhler and David Miller, and pop singer Sebastien Izambard – in the 2000s by Simon Cowell, who put the vocal group together and released their music under his Syco label.

The international crossover classical group quickly found success worldwide as their 2004 self-titled debut LP went platinum in the United States peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200; the following year, 2005’s Ancora would reach Number One on the U.S. chart, Il Divo’s second of five Top 10 albums.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Eva Rinaldi