Il Divo singer Carlos Marín died on Sunday in Manchester at the age of 53, according to the remaining members of the classical crossover vocal group.
“It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marín, has passed away. He will be missed by his friends, family, and fans,” wrote David Miller, Sébastien Izambard, and Urs Bühler jointly in an Instagram post.
“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 post continued.
Marín’s death follows a recent report by Spain’s El Pais that the vocalist had been put in a medically induced coma. Citing a source from the vocal group’s label Universal, the outlet reported Marín had not been feeling well for a week while on tour in England before he was hospitalized.
According to Spanish outlet El Español, the singer was first admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Manchester Royal Medical Center in England on Dec. 8.
Our dear friend and partner, Carlos, is in the hospital. We are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.
— Il Divo (@ildivoofficial) December 16, 2021
“Our dear friend and partner, Carlos, is in the hospital. We are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery,” the band confirmed the news via Twitter.
Il Divo announced a week before that they were postponing the rest of their December UK tour dates until December 2022 due to an ongoing illness.
The male quartet was discovered by Simon Cowell in 2003 and signed under his SyCo record label, though they later parted ways with the music producer. Marín was born in Germany but raised in Madrid after his family relocated when he was 12. He recorded his first album when he was only eight years old and his second at ten.
The Spanish baritone was married to the French-born singer Geraldine Larrosa – better known by her stage name Innocence – until 2009.