Vicente Fernandez, the 81-year-old “Rey de la Música Ranchera,” has been hospitalized in Guadalajara after a fall, CNN en Español and other outlets reported Monday.
The legendary singer’s family posted on Instagram that he suffered a cervical spine injury and is recovering after surgery. He is currently on a ventilator in the intensive care unit, the post read in Spanish.
Fernandez, known affectionately to his fans as “Chente,” formally retired from performing in 2016. But in 2019, he gave a special performance during the Latin Grammy Awards with his son Alejandro Fernandez and grandson Alex Fernandez.