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- Spanish singer (1968-2021)
Il Divo star Carlos Marin has died from COVID-19 at the age of 53.
The singer fell ill earlier this month and was subsequently put in a coma by doctors at Manchester Royal Hospital as he battled the virus.
It's believed he died just 13 days after being diagnosed with the virus.
In a statement on their Twitter account, Il Divo said: "It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
"For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs (sic)"
Carlos joined the chart-topping group - which also featured Urs Buhler, David Miller, and Sebastien Izambard - in 2003, and together, they sold more than 30 million records worldwide.
The group recently announced they were postponing the remaining dates of their UK tour "due to illness". It's believed they were last seen onstage together on December 6th.
It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There wiIl never be another voice or spirit like Carlos. pic.twitter.com/uyRFjXADF6
— Il Divo (@ildivoofficial) December 19, 2021
"Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022,” they said.
“Il Divo are deeply sorry to their fans, but look forward to returning to the road in the new year and seeing you all in the run up to next Christmas. (sic)"
The group later confirmed that Carlos was in hospital in England and that they were "praying for a speedy recovery".
Il Divo was brought together by Simon Cowell in 2003 and went on to release 10 albums together.
The male quartet sold 30 million records worldwide and has just released their 10th studio album called Timeless.
On the band's website, Carlos described his love of music, saying: "Singing is my way of saying what I feel, my way of life.
"Sometimes when I throw a melody to the audience I feel sad remembering how my father, who unfortunately is no longer with me, liked that song, or melancholy because as time goes by, or joy … the same joy I felt as a child when I sang it for the first time.
"Singing is what makes me feel alive, so thank you for letting me continue making a living from what I love."
Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz
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