Rocío Dúrcal, a Spanish singer and actress who became one of the most popular and beloved performers of Mexican folk music, died on March 25, 2006, at the age of 61. She had been diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2001, and underwent several treatments and surgeries, but the disease eventually took her life. She passed away at her home in Madrid, Spain, surrounded by her family and friends.
A Star of Music and Film
Rocío Dúrcal was born as María de los Ángeles de las Heras Ortiz on October 4, 1944, in Madrid, Spain. She discovered her talent for singing and acting at an early age, and participated in various radio and TV contests, with the support of her grandfather. She got her stage name from a producer who was impressed by her voice and personality, and chose it after a town in the province of Cuenca.
She began her professional career in the 1960s, starring in several musical films, such as Canción de Juventud and Rocío de La Mancha. She also recorded her first album, Las películas de Rocío Dúrcal, which featured songs from her movies. She became a teen idol and a symbol of the Spanish youth culture.
She later moved to Latin America, where she found a new audience and a new musical style. She started singing rancheras, a genre of traditional Mexican folk music, and collaborated with some of the most famous composers and singers of the region, such as Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solís, and Vicente Fernández. She also sang boleros, pop, and ballads, and adapted her songs to different languages, such as English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
She released more than 50 albums and sold more than 40 million records worldwide. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1969 for her song Spring, and won a Latin Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
A Loving and Generous Person
Rocío Dúrcal married Antonio Morales, a singer and producer known as Junior, in 1970. They had three children, Carmen, Antonio, and Shaila, who also followed their parents’ footsteps in the music industry. Rocío Dúrcal was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who loved spending time with her family. She was also a devout Catholic, who attended Mass regularly and prayed for her fans.
She was also a philanthropist, who supported various causes and charities, such as the Red Cross, UNICEF, and the Spanish Association Against Cancer. She entertained troops overseas, visited sick children in hospitals, and raised funds for cancer research. She was a positive and optimistic person, who always expressed her gratitude and faith.
A Legend and an Inspiration
Rocío Dúrcal’s death was mourned by her fans, colleagues, and friends, who paid tribute to her on social media and in the media. Many of them praised her for her contribution to the music industry and her impact on their lives. She was a legend and an inspiration, who brought joy and laughter to millions of people. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her and watched her. Rest in peace, Rocío Dúrcal.