The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know
One of Mexico’s greatest icons continues to inspire people with tributes and ceremonies around the world. The death of José José sent much of Latin America into a deep mourning but now those same communities are celebrating the late-singer’s monumental legacy.
And all of this celebration and remembrance comes shortly after an intense family drama fit for a telenovela. I mean, his body actually went missing. Like it doesn’t get more telenovela than that. But, at last, his body has been located, his family seems to have set aside their differences, and the world is coming together to remember the ‘Prince of Song.’
His public funeral was held in Miami and attended by his family, celebs, and fans from around the world.
The public funeral was held at the Miami Dade Country Auditorium. Yes, José José was a Mexican legend but he inspired his fans from across Latin America and so, the crowd at the public funeral featured people from all walks of life and from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, among others.
It was a closed casket memorial. On Tuesday, it was revealed that José José’s body was not in the casket during the memorial, as it was still at the morgue.
Fans came out to celebrate the legacy of a man who had been singing since the 1970s, when he rose to fame with his first hit, “El Triste”.
Always dressed elegantly, the gifted singer was a combination of baritone and lyric tenor and revered for his ability to sustain long notes. The Latin American cultural icon, who was known for moving audiences to tears with melancholic love ballads, told fans in 2017 that he was battling pancreatic cancer.
Fans in Miami weren’t the only ones celebrating the legacy of the Mexican great.
Hundreds of people gathered Friday at one of Mexico City’s most famous parks, Alameda Central, to pay homage to the late singer. Fans were seen singing José José’s most famous songs. Some even dressed up as the singer.
As drama between the family spiraled out of control back in the US, many Mexicans worried that there may not be a proper memorial service in Mexico.
The death of José José hit hard in Mexico, which endured the 2016 death of another cherished crooner from the same era: Juan Gabriel.
And all of this played out just days after a seemingly broken family came together to celebrate the pop icon.
The drama started just days after the singer’s death when two siblings, José Joel and Marysol, accused their half-sister, Sarita, of hiding their father’s body.
The relationship between the two oldest siblings and José José’s youngest – Sarita Sosa – has been strained, particularly since the late crooner’s announcement in 2017 that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer, which prompted Sarita to move to Miami, drawing accusations of trying to profit from his legacy.
“We have every right to see my dad,” Marysol said to TV Azteca. “My half sister has a lot to explain to me and to all of Mexico. “Please, wherever you are, get in touch with us. I’ve been talking to you all day and I’m here, and I’ve been telling you since yesterday: I see my dad’s body, or I don’t believe anything.”
Whatever differences these siblings once shared seemed to have blown over in the wake of their father’s memorial services.
And it looks like the drama continues, as the family decides what to do with the singer’s remains.
The posthumous homecoming ceremony for José José in his native Mexico is caught up in a family conflict over the singer’s remains that are still in Miami, where he lived for decades.
José Joel Sosa said on Monday that he and his sister halted their father’s cremation because they wanted the entire body for the Mexico City memorial service. His other daughter in Miami, Sarita Sosa, said José José wanted half of his ashes to stay in Florida and the other to go to Mexico.
However, as of Wednesday, news reports indicated that the late-singer had already been cremated and half of his ashes would likely arrive in Mexico later in the day.
Telemundo reports that José José’s ashes will be divided among his three children – Marysol and José Joel from his second marriage to Ana Elena Noreña and Sarita from his third to Sara Salazar.
José José will be honored in a special memorial in Mexico City on Wednesday, where a portion of his ashes will be displayed for his fans and family to pay tribute.
It’s been an uphill battle for Marysol and José Joel, who tried to prevent their father’s cremation. The brother and sister wanted the singer’s body to be present for the Mexican memorial service and to be laid to rest in his native country. José Joel even pleaded to his late father’s wife, Salazar, and his step-sister a day before the cremation during an interview with Univision to stop the process and let his body rest in Mexico.