Rocío Jurado, a well-known and much loved Spanish singer from Andalucía, died at her Madrid home early on Thursday morning after a long illness. The 61-year-old singer had been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas two years ago and had been treated at Houston, Texas.Her brother and manager, Amador Mohedano, visibly affected by his sister’s death, made the announcement to the media waiting outside the singer’s home at La Moraleja. He added that she had died “peacefully” and “surrounded by her family as she wished”.
Rocío Mohedano Jurado was born in 1945 in the town of Chipiona, in the province of Cadiz, and started her career singing flamenco, especially fandangos, before branching out into a more popular style. In her youth she also worked as an actress in a number of Spanish-style musical films – extremely popular in their day. Her fame and success as a singer spread to Latin America and the USA..
In 1986 she was awarded the Andalusian Medal for exceptional merit and services to the region.
Source: SUR in English