Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

Flamenco guitarist ‘ Paco de Lucia ‘ died of a heart attack in Cancun at age 66

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The guitarist Paco de Lucía was playing soccer with his 10 year old son on a beach in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, when he suffered a massive heart attack that ended with his life in a matter of minutes. With his death, the world says goodbye to a Flamenco legend.

De Lucia was the uncle of singer Malu, and along his life he was closely linked to many Spanish artists such as Camarón de la Isla and Alejandro Sanz, among others.


The artist began to feel ill while playing with his children on the beach, when he suddenly fell down and was helped to stand up by his wife, who immediately called the emergency services, but unfortunately the artist died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Paco De Lucia and Camaron de la Isla

Paco De Lucia and Camaron de la Isla

Paco de Lucía was born Francisco Sánchez Gomes in Algeciras, a city near the far southeastern point of Spain in the province of Cádiz. He was the youngest of the five children of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sánchez and Portuguese mother Lucia Gomes; his brothers include flamenco singer, Pepe de Lucía, and flamenco guitarist, Ramón de Algeciras (now deceased). Playing in the streets as a young boy, there were many Pacos and Pablos in Algeciras, and he wanted to honor his Portuguese mother Lucia Gomes, so he adopted the stage name Paco de Lucía.

Legendary guitar players such as Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a “titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”, and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as “one of history’s greatest guitarists”.

With Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, he toured the world during the 80s and later teamed up with pianist Chick Corea.

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and de Lucía performing in Barcelona, Spain in the 1980s

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and de Lucía performing in Barcelona, Spain in the 1980s

With his untimely death , we say goodbye to a legend that helped to popularize flamenco music and make it universal when he created a style of his own, which was a fusion of classic Spanish guitar and flamenco with r&b, pop, jazz, salsa, rumba and bossa -nova.

His family is currently deciding whether his remains will be repatriated to Spain for a farewell ceremony or not.

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  1. Pramith C says:

    We will miss the legend Sir Paco De Lucia …

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