Carlos Marin, member of the Il Divo pop opera quartet, dies at 53

NEW YORK (NTYTIMES) – Spanish singer Carlos Marin, a member of the successful multinational quartet Il Divo, died in Manchester, England on Sunday (December 19), according to the band and local media. He was 53 years old.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away,” Il Divo wrote in a Twitter post.

“He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos,” added Il Divo. “Our dear friend will be missed.”

The musical group did not specify the cause of death.

He was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Manchester hospital on December 8, where he was intubated and placed in an induced coma, according to a report on Spanish television.

Marin had already had the Covid-19 last year. After suffering from the disease, he expressed in a video his relief, as well as the hope that it would help protect him from another infection.

“I’m lucky to be immunized now, I take great care of myself, I wear my mask, they are going to force us to be vaccinated and I hope things relax and they allow us to work.” , he said in the video posted last December.

Marin was born in Russelsheim, a German city about 48 km southwest of Frankfurt, on October 13, 1968.

At eight, he released his first album. He later moved with his family to Madrid, where he studied piano and singing at the city’s Royal Conservatory.

In 2003, Marin, known for his wide vocal range, joined Il Divo with Urs Buhler, from Switzerland, David Miller from the United States and Sébastien Izambard from France.

The quartet, known for their mellow and romantic covers, helped popularize the genre of pop opera, known as “popera”, and have sold millions of albums.

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