Spanish Il Divo singer Carlos Marín has died in Manchester hospital at the age of 53 after an apparent battle with Covid-19.
The vaccinated singer was reportedly hospitalized and placed in an artificial coma on Dec. 7 after contracting the virus.
On Sunday (December 19), the group posted a statement on Twitter announcing the death of Marín.
“With a heavy heart we inform you that our friend and partner Carlos Marín has passed away,” said the tweet.
“He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or another ghost like Carlos. “
The group added, “The four of us have been together on this incredible journey from Il Divo for 17 years and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul rests in peace. In love – David, Sebastien and Urs. “
On December 16, the group posted that Marín was “in the hospital” and that they “hope and pray for a speedy recovery”.
The exact cause of death has not been established, although reports in Spanish media suggested that Marín was intubated after being admitted to an intensive care unit in Manchester.
Il Divo had postponed the rest of their UK tour in December “due to illness” for a year. The group, a pop opera version of the famous Three Tenors, was founded in 2003 by Simon Cowell.
In his private life, Marín was married to the French-born singer Geraldine Larrosa – better known by her stage name Innocence – until 2009.