According to an Associated Press report, Diomedes Diaz, well-known Columbian vallenato performer has died.
Diaz, who was 56 at the time of his passing, reportedly died Sunday from a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive. The report came from the mayor of Valledupar, the town that Diaz lived in.
Diaz originally came from a very poor upbringing on a farm called “Carrizal” located near the Caribbean coast of Columbia in the town of La Junta, but he eventually became famous as a singer-songwriter performing a type of folk music called vallenato, which features three musical instruments: an accordion, a bongo and a guiro. He received a Latin Grammy for best vallenato album in the year 2010.
The popular singer was known equally well for his battles with alcohol and drug use, as well as a conviction for his attempt to cover up a fan’s drug overdose at his residence.
He had just released a new album three days prior to his death.
By Nancy Schimelpfening