Il Divo singer Carlos Marin has died of an undisclosed illness after becoming unwell on the group’s UK Christmas tour.
The classical vocal group confirmed the passing of its beloved baritone Monday morning (AEST) on social media.
Marin, 53, was part of the chart-topping quartet since its formation by Simon Cowell in 2003, singing alongside tenors Urs Buhler and David Miller and pop singer Sebastien Izambard.
The group’s Twitter post said: “There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.”
“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.”
The Sun was among the news outlets to brand the passing of Marin as a “COVID death”, but it has not been confirmed that the singer died of coronavirus.
While a number of social media posts have speculated about Marin’s vaccination status, Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken out about his own COVID-19 battle and urged people to get vaccinated.
May, 74, revealed via a video on Instagram he and his wife, actor Anita Dobson, were both recovering from the virus, which they caught about a week earlier at a birthday party in the UK, where infections hit almost 90,000 at the weekend.
“Yep. The shocking day finally came for me,” May said.
“Definitely no sympathy please – it has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK.”
He said the reason they were both on the mend was because they had each been vaccinated three times. May said he thought he was in a “safe bubble” at the party, where all guests were triple-vaccinated and had taken a series of other precautions beforehand. But he said he now regretted attending the function.
“Please take extra care out there, good folks. This thing is incredibly transmissible. You really do not want it messing up your Christmas.”
German by birth, but raised largely in Spain, Marin reportedly fell ill while on the UK tour with the group. Through its Twitter account, Il Divo alerted fans on Friday that he was in hospital, and the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported he had been placed into an induced coma at a hospital in Manchester.
Il Divo was a popular act in the UK, where three of its albums had shot to number one on the charts. It’s UK tour, Christmas with Il Divo, included a date at London’s Wembley Stadium as well as performances in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Edinburgh and the Harrogate Convention Centre.
The group was also acclaimed internationally, selling more than 30 million records, with gold and platinum sellers in more than 30 countries, and a number of worldwide tours under its belt. Its hits included Regresa a Mi (Unbreak My Heart), The Time Of Our Lives, and the duet with Celine Dion, I Believe In You.
Marin was a respected stage performer when not performing with Il Divo. His career included a number of roles in musicals, including Les Miserables, Grease, and Beauty And The Beast.
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