Il Divo’s Carlos Marín has died, age 53

World-renowned all-male quartet, Il Divo, have announced the death of Spanish singer Carlos Marín during their UK Christmas tour.

Carlos Marín has died at the age of 53 during Il Divo‘s UK Christmas tour. The band cancelled several of their shows over the last week due to unexplained illness and announced Marín’s death yesterday.

Il Divo are an operatic pop/classical outfit formed in 2003 by Simon Cowell. They achieved worldwide success and collabed with stars the likes of Celine Dion.

Il Divo via Facebook

Carlos Marín was born in Germany in 1968 and moved to Madrid at 12. He was a well-renowned opera singer and musical performer before joining Il Divo as a resident baritone.

The nature of his death hasn’t been disclosed, but he was admitted to a hospital in Manchester last week and was reportedly put in an induced coma.

The band were in the midst of their Christmas tour around the UK when they announced a few shows would be cancelled, and then later that Marín had died in hospital.

“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.” The band said in their Facebook post announcing Carlos Marín’s death.

Over their 17 year career, Il Divo performed across the world for guests of the highest-profile; Queen Elizabeth, former US presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton. They also collaborated with Tony Braxton, Celine Dion, Kristin Chenoweth, and Michael Ball.

The band, consisting of members from all corners of the world – Swiss Urs Buhler, Frenchman Sébastien Izambard, and American David Miller – and their similarly international fanbase will deeply miss the Spanish baritone.