José José, legendary Mexican singer, dies at 71 after battle with cancer

José José, the legendary singer known as the "Prince of Song," has died after a battle with cancer, Mexico's secretary of culture confirmed Saturday. He was 71.

In a statement, the country's government said José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz, "became one of the most beloved voices in Mexico. RIP."

He passed away in Miami, Fl. The official cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

In March 2017, the iconic singer announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent chemotherapy, according to CNN.

"Thank you for your support and for your prayers," José José said to his fans on Twitter in June. "I am very well, thanks be to God. I'm continuing with my therapies to move forward so that we will see each other soon, thanks for everything, a hug and a thousand blessings to all."

José José was known for his unique interpretations of romantic ballads. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said a wreath will be placed at the star Monday morning.


José José is survived by his wife and six children.
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