Spain mourns Rocio Jurado, la mas grande

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1 June 2006, MADRID — Spain was in mourning after the death of Rocio Jurado, a singer and actress who was a beloved figure in her own country and Latin America.

1 June 2006

MADRID — Spain was in mourning after the death of Rocio Jurado, a singer and actress who was a beloved figure in her own country and Latin America.

Jurado died early on Thursday after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Jurado's death was announced by her brother and agent, Amador Mohedano, outside her Madrid home.

Television channels and radio stations ignored all other world news to carry extended reports of the singer's death.

Jurado, whose career spanned four decades, was hospitalised in Madrid after returning to Spain in late March after two months of cancer treatment in the US. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

Known as "la mas grande de Espana" - Spain's greatest - she recorded more than 30 records, performed on both sides of the Atlantic and appeared in nearly a dozen films.

In 1985, she performed at the White House for then-president Ronald Reagan.

Jurado was known for a powerful voice that blended traditional Spanish styles of flamenco, folk and romantic ballads, called coplas.

She was honoured in Spain, Latin America and the United States.

Jurado was first married to a world-champion boxer, then to a well-known bullfighter, jetting back and forth from her mansion in Madrid and ranch in Seville.

A street, plaza, statue and golf course have been named after her in her hometown of Chipiona in Cadiz province, where she will be buried.

Her body is to lay in wake at a Madrid cultural centre for an unspecified period before being sent to Chipiona.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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