Spanish Singer-Songwriter Camilo Sesto Dies at 72

By The Associated Press

Spanish singer and songwriter Camilo Sesto, a popular star in the 1970s and 1980s, died of heart failure in Madrid on Sunday, Sept, 8. He was 72.

The announcement came via his official Twitter account.

Sesto’s manager, Eduardo Guervós, confirmed his death to Spanish public broadcaster TVE, saying that he had died early Sunday in a hospital in Madrid.

Guervos was seen leaving the Quiron hospital where the singer passed away but refused to make any comments.

His website said that the artist suffered two cardiac arrests following kidney failure.

Sesto, whose real name was Camilo Blanes Cortés, sold more than 100 million records worldwide and recorded more than 40 albums over his 40-year career. His hits included “Algo de mí,” ”Perdóname,” and “Melina.” He starred in the musical “Jesus Christ superstar” in 1976.

Sesto was born in Alicante, in the South East of Spain.

Spain’s caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, tweeted that “Spain and all of Latin America mourn the loss of Camilo Sesto.

His melodies will always be part of our memory.”

He presented his last album “Camilo Sinfonico” in 2018—a compilation of his best songs with the participation of contemporary Spanish singers like Monica Naranjo, Pastora Soler, and Ruth Lorenzo.

Reuters contributed to this article