Il Divo singer Carlos Marin has died aged 53, after being hospitalised with Covid-19.
The German-born Spanish baritone’s bandmates – American tenor David Miller, French singer Sebastien Izambard and Swiss tenor Urs Buhler – shared the sad news via Twitter on Sunday.
They wrote: “It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. 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.”
“With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs,” the group signed off.
Simon Cowell, who formed Il Divo in 2003, said in a statement: “I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now. I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life.”
“He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.”
According to El Espanol, Carlos was admitted to hospital in Manchester on December 8.
The programme reported in a Thursday lunchtime bulletin: “We have spoken to Carlos’ agent who has confirmed to us that he has been in hospital in Manchester with coronavirus for a week.”
“He has told us that he began to feel unwell on December 7 and found out he had Covid after taking a test. Every day the singer himself had been telling him how he felt and the last time they spoke Carlos told him he felt worse.”
“Yesterday the singer wasn’t answering his messages and he’s now in intensive care and intubated. The agent has also told us Carlos was vaccinated against Covid in Mexico.”
Carlos, who lived between Madrid and Mexico, was due to perform with his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa on New Year’s Eve on Spanish state TV.