Musical legend Simón Díaz passed away early Wednesday morning, according to El Universal. The Venezuelan was 85.
His daughter, Bettsimar Díaz, announced the sad new on her Twitter account. “With tears in my eyes I announce to the country that my beloved father passed away this morning, in peace,” the tweet read in Spanish.
Con lágrimas le anuncio al país que mi amado padre, partió esta mañana, en paz.
— Bettsimar Díaz (@BettsimarDiaz) February 19, 2014
Díaz is the renowned for his llanero-style music, and is perhaps best known for his song “Caballo Viejo.”
Despite the local, traditional flair of his music, Díaz gained worldwide notoriety, and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his illustrious recording career.
The singer-songwriter was born on August 9, 1928, and wrote over 200 songs and recorded 70 albums in his lifetime. Apart from his career as a musician, he was also a producer, actor, and radio and TV personality. Many will also remember Díaz from “Contesta Por Tío Simón”, a cultural children’s program.
In recent years, Díaz strayed from public spotlight as he battled Alzheimer's Disease. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.