Paco De Lucia: World Famous Spanish Guitarist Passes Away

Thu, February 27, 2014 10:05am EDT by 1 Comment
Paco De Lucia Death

Paco de Lucia was one of the worlds leading guitarists. Sadly, the Spanish musician passed away on Feb. 26. He was 66.

Paco de Lucia amazed audiences with his finger work on the guitar and his ability to play rapid flamenco rhythms. Unfortunately, The world-renowned guitarists passed away as the result of a heart attack, on Feb. 26, reports the Huffington Post.

Paco De Lucia Passes Away In Cancun

Paco, whose real name was Francisco Sanchez  Gomez, was one of the world’s foremost flamenco guitarists, who captivated audiences with his beautiful rhythms, and finger work. The great musicican lost his life in Mexico, on Feb. 26, due to a heart attack.

Spanish Education and Cultural Minister Jose Ignacio Wert described the death as unexpected and premature, and said Paco was “a unique and unrepeatable figure.”

A spokeswoman for the town hall of Paco’s native Spanish town of Algeciras said he began to feel unwell while on a beach with his children in Cancun. Paco soon passed away while being taken to a local hospital, reports the Huffington Post.

Paco De Lucia Dies Of A Heart Attack In Mexico

Paco was born on Dec. 21, 1947, and was best-known for flamenco but also experimented with other forms of music. One of his most famous recordings was “Friday Night in San Francisco,” recorded with fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1981.

Paco’s 1973 rumba “Entre Dos Aguas” (Between Two Waters) became one of the most popular songs in Spain.

The musician was awarded the Culture Ministry’s Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1992 and the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for the Arts in 2004.

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