Diomedes Diaz Colombian Vallenato Performer Has Died

Diomedes Diaz

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

Sources:

Diomedes Diaz, Star of Colombian Vallenato, Dies – ABC News

Diomedes Diaz – Wikipedia

What Is Vallenato? – Grupo Fantasia

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