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Late Mexican Superstar José José’s Body Went Missing And Sent His Family Into An Epic Feud

Known for his melancholic love ballads, Mexican crooner José José left behind a legacy of music that captivated audiences with his baritone voice and lyric tenor. In 2017, José announced he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On September 28, the legend passed away in Florida. 

The Mexican Ministry of Culture announced his death saying, “We are sorry for the passing of singer José Rómulo Sosa, better known as José José of the prince of the song. Since the beginning of his career, the singer of El Triste became one of most beloved voices in Mexico. Rest in Peace.”

A life seemingly destined for music

Born in Mexico City on February 17, 1948 to Margarita Ortiz Pensado, a concert pianist, and a father who was a tenor in the National Opera of Mexico, it is no surprise he had an aptitude for music at a young age. The fact would also spawn his namesake. 

José’s father had abandoned him as a small child, then passed away when José was 17. It was at this moment that he adopted the name José José, adding the latter to honor his father. 

“Since I inherited his voice,” Mr. José told the Associated Press in 2005, “this is recognition of that inheritance.”

Everybody from Gloria Estefan and Maluma to the Mexican President paid their tributes to the iconic singer.

“Nos exprimió los corazones con su voz inconfundible y dejó una marca imborrable en el mundo de la música…Descansa en paz, José José…muchas gracias por tus bellas canciones y tu legado musical que vivirá por siempre,” Estefan wrote on Instagram. “He wrung out our hearts with his unmistakable voice and left an indelible mark on music for all time…Rest in Peace, José José, thank you for the beautiful songs and your musical legacy that will live forever!” 

“He was an extraordinary singer from an era that, with his songs and his romanticism, made a lot of people from my generation cry and be happy,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told reporters.

The career of José José the “Prince of Song”

José sang in cafes as a teenager before he founded the rock group Heart Breakers, which produced an unsuccessful album in the mid-1960s before his solo career took off. 

In the 1970s, José released the single “La Nave Del Olvido” which was a hit in Mexico and Latin America and would become the title of his second album. On March 15, 1970, José performed the song “El Triste” at the II Festival de la Canción Latina, an annual singing competition. He received a standing ovation from the audience judges, Angélica María, Alberto Vázquez, Marco Antonio Muñiz. He finished in third place but his unique voice and ballad style would launch him into stardom in Mexico and Latin America. 

His album Secretos would become a megahit, and over the course of the career, José sold millions of albums around the world. While José was nominated for six Grammys he never did take the trophy home, however in 2004 the Latin Recording Academy recognized the singer with a Musical Excellence Prize. This would coincide with the crooner’s reception of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. 

But fans and family could barely process the singer’s death before the story took a telenovela-style twist.

Legendary Mexican singer Jose Jose’s legions of fans had not even finished processing the news of his death when a mystery exploded amid the mourning: where is the body of “The Prince of Song”?

Emotional fans were still belting out his classic hits through tears in Claveria, his native Mexico City neighborhood, when the loss took a telenovela-like turn: Jose Jose’s two oldest children, Jose Joel and Marysol, accused their younger half-sister and her mother of hiding his body.

When Jose Joel and Marysol, whose mother was the second of Jose Jose’s three wives, arrived Sunday at the funeral home where they thought his wake would be held, they were told their father’s body was not there. They said their father’s third wife, Sara Salazar, and her daughter Sarita refused to tell them where it is or what the funeral plans are.

As comparisons to Elvis Presley began to fly — is he really dead? — Jose Joel and Marysol went to the police station in Cutler Bay, Florida, to file a report on his missing remains.

“If I don’t see my dad’s body I can’t believe anything. Nothing,” Marysol told journalists outside the station house.

In an exclusive interview with Univision on Sunday, Sarita made an appeal for family unity and said it was “still very early to decide what will be done” with the remains.

She blamed the confusion surrounding her father’s body on US regulations on handling remains.

“US laws are very strict. Unfortunately, not even his wife has been able to view the body,” she wrote in a statement published Monday on the Instagram account of a Univision program called “El Gordo y La Flaca.”

“People of Mexico: we will bring him to Mexico so you can say goodbye. We promise you will be able to hold a wake for him,” she added.

Memes comparing Sarita to the most iconic villains of Mexico’s melodramatic telenovela soap operas went viral.

Many accused the aspiring singer-songwriter of using her father’s death to further her own singing career and of trying to make a profit.

One thing is certain, the drama surrounding the whereabouts of Mexico’s beloved José José is not over yet and all of the nation’s eyes and ears are waiting for an answer.

He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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He Moved To Mexico To Learn Spanish And Now This Korean YouTuber Is A Star For Channeling Classic Mexican Pop Icons

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In recent weeks, we have witnessed the rise to stardom of a few new YouTubers coming from Mexico. We are now quite familiar with the amazing channel “De mi rancho a tu cocina”, with an adorable Mexican abuelita, named Angela, who shares her traditional recipes and displays her natural talent to be in front of the camera (read more here). 

Well, there is another YouTube star coming out of Mexico, but he happens to be South Korean! He sings popular Mexican songs with such a pitch perfect voice that if you close your eyes and listen you think it is el mismísimo Príncipe de la canción, the recently deceased José José, serenading you with one of his legendary ballads. 

So this is J-jun, a South Korean student who is living in Guadalajara to learn Spanish.

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At first sight, he looks just like any other international student who wants to learn and immerse himself in the land of mariachis and tequila: Guadalajara, Jalisco, México! But J-jun is far from ordinary. He has an amazing voice and is obsessed with Mexican pop music icons!

And amazingly he is just learning Spanish but has an uncanny command of correct pronunciation 

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And we can tell he lives and breathes the language and is a pretty smart and dedicated guy. La noche es larga y el café barato! He has really put his mind and soul into learning la lengua de Cervantes. 

And he is an overnight YouTube sensation!

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He has over 70,000 followers on his YouTube account. And he deserves every single one of them. 

And people have started recognizing him on the streets of Guadalajara.

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Just look at his smile. Hermano, coreano, ya eres mexicano (do these words sound familiar? They were of course sang by thousands of Mexicans after South Korea defeated Germany in the latest World Cup and guaranteed Mexico’s ticket to the second round). Well, they absolutely apply for J-jun as well!

So this is why J-jun is a preeetty big deal.

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Koreans have a deep love for karaoke. Basically, when young Koreans go out chances are they will end up in a karaoke bar. Well J-jun has the voice of a true K-pop star but he sings in Spanish! 

In particular, he imitates José José perfectly.

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Just look at him singing “La nave del olvido”. We get goosebumps, se nos enchina la piel. 

Ya lo pasado, pasado… many Mexicans are mourning José José in the best possible way: through music.

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And his version of “Ya lo pasado, pasado” has all the right mood swings that the great Mexican singer infused the rola with. It is important to note that J-jun started singing Mexican songs while in South Korea, before moving to Mexico to study. 

Sing with us…. ya lo pasado, pasaaaaaado!

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Ay, dolor! We just can’t contain back some tears of sadness, but also of joy. Sing with us… “no me interesa…”. 

And South Korean Juanga is here! Si tu quieres seremos amigos.

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If imitating José José requires professional singing skills, just imagine trying to do a Juan Gabriel impersonation. Well, our fave South Korean YouTuber does an amazing job. Just look at him singing “Así fue”. Just wow. We miss Juanga but we feel like his spirit might have found an unlikely conduit. Ay, nanita. 

And of course, his magnum opus…. “El triste”. No, he is not lip-syncing. 

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Thousands have tried but ultimately fail. “El Triste” has to be the hardest ballad to nail in Spanish. The tones and intensity of the song go up and down and is anyone’s singing nightmare. He reminds us of José José’s legendary OTI presentation, when flowers and clapping showered him like a modern day god. But he totally takes our breath away. See for yourself. 

José José would approve!

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Pido un aplauso para el amor… and for this great South Korean dude with a Mexican soul. 

And damn, he can sing salsa OK? This is Marc Anthony’s “Mi vida”.

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He has some amazing looks as well! An instant star! Look at him salsa…. a veces llega la lluvia, para limpiar las heridas… 

And just how adorbs is his family!

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At the end, his 15 minutes of fame have not gotten to him and he remains a simple, humble young man. He often shares family moments with his fans on Instagram, like this one with his mom and his nephew. Ternurita! Wanna join his thousands of YouTube fans? Well, you just gotta go here.

The Story Of José José’s Death Has More Twists And Turns Than A Telenovela, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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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.