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Salma Hayek mourns the "king," Vicente Fernandez, with heartbreaking statement

RIP to Vicente Fernandez

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
Los Angeles correspondentLos Angeles
December 14, 2021
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Salma Hayek has mourned the passing of Vicente Fernandez, the Mexican superstar who died on 12 December 2021. The actress took to social media to share a tribute to the 81-year-old, calling him 'the King". 

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"The King has left us," a translated post from Spanish read. "From the Mexican song, long live Vicente Fernandez! Forever in our hearts."  The 55-year-old continued: "My condolences to his family who had the blessing of having him close. RIP."

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The video showed the singer in traditional Mexican wear singing alongside a large orchestra. Vicente won three Grammys and nine Latin Grammys during the course of his career, and was known for hits such as El Rey and Lástima que seas ajena.

He was buried Monday at his ranch near the city of Guadalajara.

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Salma's fans joined her in the tributes, with one commenting: "I don’t think I would have grown an appreciation for Mexican music without my grandfather playing this man’s music. Now he can sing to my grandfather in heaven."

"No one will reach or compare to him," wrote another as one shared: "Long live Vicente."

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Salma paid tribute to the "King"

Salma is proud of her Mexican heritage but is raising her daughter Valentina, 14, around the globe as she travels with her mom for movie shoots. They spent most of 2020 and 2021 in the UK and Italy where Salma filmed Marvel's Eternals and House of Gucci.

However, the mom-of-one recently revealed that her UK home is haunted - and Valentina has seen the ghosts.

"Lights go on and off, or the doors and windows open and close. I've seen some of it," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, revealing that her husband thinks it's "nonsense" so they brought someone in to perform an exorcism.

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Salma and her 14-year-old daughter Valentina

"Oh my goodness, so he came and my house manager, who didn't believe in it, started getting really nervous about it and freaking out about it," Salma revealed.

"And finally, I brought [in] the guy. They were afraid of the guy, he was so amazing and funny. I said, 'No chicken heads, no chicken legs, don't bring dead animals to my house.'

"He said, 'No, no, I'm going to smoke this, whatever.' He starts going through the room, 'there's an old lady here, and a child' and this and that, and everyone is freaking out even more, it was worse, he found like 20 [ghosts] and the worst part is that at one point [Valentina] says - because this one was close to her room - 'Ok, but she is gone, right?' He goes, 'no'. 'What do you mean no?' 'She's a nun!'"

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