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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.

Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Italian Mayors Are Showing J.Lo A Lot Of Love After She Mentioned Wanting To Move To The Country

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Jennifer Lopez has checked off more than all the bucket list life experiences “Jenny from the Block” could have even imagined, but there’s still one more she yearns for: to live abroad in a small town in Italy or in Bali and enjoy the simple things in life. The 50-year-old singer, actress, producer, and businesswoman has graced the cover of Vanity Fair alongside an in-depth interview that affirms the importance of Latinas gaining power in the U.S. and a long-held desire to leave it all behind for a “more simple and organic” life. In the wake of J.Lo’s recent Academy snub for her role in “Hustlers,” she confirms that she is very intentional about why she’s only hired female directors for all her productions to date. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” she told Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth.

It’s clear that J.Lo is committed to breaking the glass ceiling for Latinas and all women alike here in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped mayors across the Italian countryside from wooing Jenny from the Block to move to their idyllic town.

Lopez revealed that all she wants to do is “ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it.”

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For Lopez, that kind of life may only be possible somewhere very far on the other side of the world, more removed from her celebrity. “I would love to live somewhere other than the United States, in a small town in Italy, or on the other side of the world, in Bali. Find another life where it’s a little bit more simple and organic and where I get to ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket, and then go home and put jelly on it, and just eat and paint, or sit in a rocking chair where there was a beautiful view of an olive tree or an oak tree and I could just smell. I have fantasies like that,” Lopez told the magazine.

“If you ever do move overseas don’t forget to take Arod with you,” one Twitter user implored of J.Lo. While it doesn’t seem like Americans are taking her fantasy too seriously, the rest of the world certainly is. 

Several mayors around Italy have publicly reached out to the Puerto Rican Renaissance Woman.

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The mayor of San Quirico d’Orcia, a town in the Tuscan countryside, announced, “We are the Italy that Jennifer Lopez is looking for. We are a small but beautiful town surrounded by endless olive groves and a landscape recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage area.” Mayor Bartoli didn’t forget to mention that “we have great bakeries that produce wonderful bread.”

Cagliari’s mayor, Paolo Truzzu, tossed his beloved town into the running as well. “Dear Jennifer, come and live with us in Cagliari” to enjoy “good things to eat, a slow rhythm of life, contact with nature and a lovely climate,” he said. The residents of some of these towns have reached out to Lopez to second their mayor’s invitation. “Hey @JLo! Did you receive the invitation from Cagliari’s mayor Paolo Truzzu to come to live here? He’s available to host you. Let us know!” one Cagliari resident tweeted at J.Lo. JLo, come to live in Italy there are many beautiful villages!! come on the Amalfi Coast or in Cilento,  I recommend also San Valentino Torio the land of lovers, 20 min from  Pompei,” another Italian Twitter user informed the superstar. 

Lopez also emphasized the importance of hiring female directors.

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Vanity Fair aptly acknowledged that Lopez had mostly been directed by men, but that she has an exclusively female line-up of directors for her future projects under her own production. “It’s about breaking the mold of what people are used to,” Lopez added, saying, “There are so many great female directors; why aren’t we using them more? It’s hard to break patterns, even in yourself, so we have to make a conscious effort to change the paradigm.” The 2020 Oscars snubbed all women when they only nominated male directors during a time when there are more female directors than ever before. 

“It’s also a great time for Latina women to take the stage at the biggest all-American event,” Lopez said of her upcoming Superbowl Halftime show with Shakira, emphasizing its importance “with everything that’s going on in the country right now.” Lopez added, “I’m super-happy to represent my community, to represent women, and to represent everybody, you know? “

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Lizzo Had The Most Inspiring Glow Up Of The Decade And If Her Story Doesn’t Motivate You, I Don’t Know What Will

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Lizzo Had The Most Inspiring Glow Up Of The Decade And If Her Story Doesn’t Motivate You, I Don’t Know What Will

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We first started hearing the name Lizzo in 2018, but the singer became a household name in 2019 when she skyrocketed to fame thanks to her incredibly catchy and positive music. Lizzo’s body positivity, self-love and no BS attitude has made her a huge success—but it wasn’t always like that.

It’s not like the singer found “overnight success.” Her huge hits weren’t only one year in the making. 

For a decade, the artist had been working on her music and trying to break out in the entertainment industry. On New Year’s Eve, Lizzo remembered the start of the decade, which was much more difficult than we knew. In 2009, Lizzo was working odd jobs, living out of her car, and had just lost her father. 

The singer took a trip down memory lane posting a major TB picture on Instagram.

Lizzo looked back on the past decade and reflected on some of the troubling times she went through to get to where she is now. “2009 was the year my daddy died. 2009 was the year I lived in my car and cried myself to sleep on Thanksgiving. 2009 I was a girl in Houston, Texas, with no plan, no hope, no will to carry on,” Lizzo began.  Then she reflected on the year that brought her insane success, “2019 is the year my album and song went number 1. 2019 is the year I told my mama, ‘I can buy you a house.’ 2019 I am a woman with a 20/20 vision of the future. Anything can happen in a decade. Tomorrow is the beginning of your anything. Thanks for the ride 2019. Here we go 2020!”

Lizzo had quite an impressive year this 2019

Now the singer’s nominated for eight Grammys, has performed on countless awards show stages, headlined SNL, and was Time magazine’s Entertainer of the Year —just to name a few of her merits. Plus, she’s buying her mom a new house, how’s that for a glow up?

She even worked as a sign spinner before, and now she’s “the artist who defined 2019.”

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Don’t stop…. we need you. 2020 is yours for the taking.

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Lizzo is a true inspiration and the best example to follow your dreams, because that’s exactly what she did, and look where it took her. Before Lizzo was the fabulous rapper, flautist, and singer that she is today; she was working odd jobs, like sign-spinning, to make ends meet. “Don’t stop … we need you. 2020 is yours for the taking,” she captioned a post showing her at the beginning of the decade working as a sign spinner for Liberty Taxes and then the promo for her SNL debut. 

Lizzo celebrated New Year’s Eve feeling all of the feels. 

Now that we know just how far she’s come, it’s no surprise that Lizzo was in her feels on New Year’s Eve. The singer has plenty to celebrate, but also a lot to look back on. “NYE MOODS,” she tweeted featuring a few glamorous images. 

Sometimes we forget to acknowledge all the blood, sweat, and tears, artists have shed to get to where they are now.

Other artists identified with Lizzo’s come-up throughout the decade, and shared their own. Adam Rifkin, a writer and director, replied to the rapper’s tweet: “Sometimes it takes 10 years to get that one year that will change your life.” 

Then he shared a full-moment post from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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The composer, lyricist, singer, actor, producer, and playwright, worked on his successful Broadway musical Hamilton for years before it found its place.

Lizzo’s having the best time of her life, period.

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U ready?

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“U ready?” she asked her 7.2 million followers, after ringing in the New Year living her absolute best life —And honestly, I don’t think we are. This past year, Lizzo already served us so much great music and self-love, and we’re ready to bet there’s so much more to come.