Singer Carlos Marin, the baritone for international pop-fusion group Il Divo, has died, the band announced on social media. He was 53.
“It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marín, has passed away,” remaining group members David Miller, Sebastien Izambard and Urs Buhler announced Sunday on social media. “He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There wiIl never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
“For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace.”
Il Divo was built by music producer and singing competition judge Simon Cowell in 2004. According to USA Today, the band was comprised of Marin, who was born in Germany in 1968 but was raised in Spain; Miller, who was born in the U.S.; Buhler, who is from Switzerland; and Izambard, who hailed from France.
Marin was rushed to a hospital this week and was reportedly in intensive care, according to New Musical Express. The reason for his admission and his cause of death has yet to be officially confirmed, the website reported.
A video posted on Dec. 6 from a concert in Bath, England, appeared to be the last time Marin was recorded on stage, Billboard reported. Planned shows in Hull and Nottingham were canceled before the group announced the postponement of the tour on Dec. 10, according to the website.
Before joining Il Divo, Marin played roles in musicals like “Les Misérables,” “Grease” and “Peter Pan,” New Musical Express reported. He also sang on film soundtracks for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and the Spanish version of “Cinderella.”
Except for Izambard, the members of the band were classically trained, USA Today reported.
Their musical formula led to platinum albums, major tours and, in the U.S., PBS specials.
“Our success is due to our audience,” Izambard said in 2014. “Radio doesn’t know where to play us. We’re not a cool band. We don’t sing like Miley Cyrus. I don’t think people give us credit because of how we got together.”
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