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Vicente Fernández falleció el pasado 12 de diciembre de 2021. Foto: EFE
Vicente Fernández passed away on Dec. 12, 2021. Photo: EFE

There's a proposal to name street in honor of Vicente Fernandez in LA

The Mariachi Plaza area in East Los Angeles will be renamed in honor of the singer.

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In commemoration of the one-month anniversary of the death of Mexican singer Vicente Fernández, Los Angeles Councilman Kevin de León proposed changing the name of a city street to honor the artist's memory. 

The Councilman's idea is to rename two blocks of Bailey Street near the Mariachi Plaza in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. The area is a historic location where hundreds of mariachis have gathered in the past to find work.

During the presentation of the proposal, De León spoke in English and Spanish and highlighted the value of the figure of Fernández for the Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicano culture. He also pointed out that after Mexico City, Los Angeles is where the most Mexicans live in the world, even more than Tijuana and Guadalajara.

De Leon called Chente 'el jefe de jefes,' and recalled that songs like "Volver, volver" and "el Rey" that are heard everywhere in the city, and are part of the memories of millions of people who have sung them at quinceañeras and other traditional Latino celebrations. 

Fernández passed away in Mexico on Dec. 12 at the age of 81, after spending five months in the hospital following a fall in August that forced him to undergo spinal surgery. 

On the day of his death, hundreds of people gathered at Fernández's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to leave offerings, in one of the largest tributes to Chente outside of Mexico. 

Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral held at the family's hacienda "Los tres potrillos" in Guadalajara and a private ceremony was held afterwards, as was his wish. 

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