Carlos Marin, the baritone member of the international classical crossover group Il Divo, died on Dec. 19 at the age of 53, his bandmates announced.
“It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away,” Il Divo said in a statement.
“There will 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,” the band added.
Marin’s death came after the group announced on Dec. 16 that he was in the hospital, following announcements starting from Dec. 7 of postponements of their shows due to his unspecified illness.
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Dec. 17 that Marin was placed into an induced coma at the Manchester Royal Hospital in the United Kingdom.
Born in Germany but moved to Spain at the age of 12, Marin performed alongside tenors Urs Buhler and David Miller and pop singer Sebastien Izambard in a band created and promoted by Simon Cowell in 2003.
Il Divo released 10 studio albums, three of which achieved UK number one.
The group’s hits include “Regresa a Mi” (Unbreak My Heart), “The Time Of Our Lives,” and “I Believe In You,” which was a duet with Celine Dion.
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