Rocio Durcal, queen of ranchera, dies aged 61

27th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, MADRID — Spanish singer and actress Rocio Durcal, hugely famous for her successful Mexican folk - or ranchera - albums, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 61.

27 March 2006

MADRID — Spanish singer and actress Rocio Durcal, hugely famous for her successful Mexican folk - or ranchera - albums, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 61.

Durcal, who was born Maria de los Angeles de las Heras Ortiz and married fellow singer Antonio Morales "Junior," had been diagnosed with cancer of the uterus in 2001.

In 2004, she began undergoing chemotherapy after doctors discovered that the disease had spread to one of her lungs.

She first found success an actress, appearing in more than a dozen films in the 1960s and 1970s, but made her fame as a ranchera singer during the 1980s.

Her albums were big commercial hits in Spain and across Latin America, but especially in Mexico, where this type of folk music originated.

Durcal also sang duets with some of the biggest Spanish and Latin American pop stars of the last two decades, including Julio Iglesias, Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquin Sabina, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Roberto Carlos, Camilo Sesto and Diango.

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Subject: Spanish news

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