Skip to Content

L.A.’s Streets Are Crying: Taqueros and Stars Pay Tribute to Vicente Fernandez, 1940-2021

The world is in mourning for the most legendary of legendary Mexican balladeers this morning. Vicente Fernandez died in a Guadalajara hospital at the age of 81 yesterday, leading to unbroken sonic memorials over airwaves, social media, car stereos, households, and even the sidewalks (including at Chente's star on Hollywood Boulevard where an angry white man shot a few holes through a cactus from a nearby apartment, possibly over the song-filled gathering). While words can't express the enormity of Fernandez's influence on Mexico and the world of entertainment at large, we've rounded up some of our favorite online tributes to El Charro de Huentitàn to help get the tears and tequila flowing.

Lalo Alcaraz

Big Boy, host of Big Boy's Neighborhood

Homies artist David Gonzales

Actress Salma Hayek

BReal: "Rest in peace to a king." Rapper Conejo and actor Mario Lopez both posted the same shot, with Lopez writing: "Vicente Fernandez was not just a singer. He was the voice of a culture who filled the households of many of us who grew up listening to his songs. His music is the soundtrack to a ton of memories. .. Damn, I’m sad… "

Boxer Oscar de la Hoya


Comedian George Lopez

Actor Michael Peña

TACO Madness winner Villas Tacos

Chef Wes Avila

Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias

L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano

DJ Zackey Force Funk

Rigo Jimenez, owner of Downtown's Eastern Projects Gallery

Foos Gone Wild

More Mexican Stuff via Cartoonistas

U.S. President Joe Biden

You can see many, many, many more brilliant and poignant Instagram tributes to Vicente Fernandez right here at the hashtag #chente.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Update: Raw Sewage Spill Closes Down Four L.A. Beaches

On Saturday, July 20, an estimated 15,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Ballona Creek causing L.A. County Public Health Department to close the neighboring beaches due to the high levels of pathogenic bacteria.

July 22, 2024

L.A. City Council Considers Proposal That Could Send Money To Private Security Firm Made Up of Former IDF Soldiers and U.S. Military Veterans

Activists worry that the funds can go to a private security firm that is directed by a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces' counterterrorism unit who served in the 2014 Gaza war and flew to Israel shortly after the October 7 attack.

July 22, 2024

What To Eat This Weekend In L.A.: Colombian Ceviche De Chorizo, Knafeh Chocolate Bars, Lobster Tacos, and $11 Steak Frites

Plus a new lechon kawali in Koreatown and more. These are the best things to eat and drink in Los Angeles this weekend.

July 19, 2024

Hawthorne’s Very Own COYOTE Are Running L.A.

Wailing their signature ghoulish howl, two brothers, "Ladies Love Guapo," and "Ricky Blanco," are the duo that makes up the up-and-coming Mexican-American rap hip-hop duo, COYOTE, hailing from Hawthorne.

Why You Should Be Tipping Your Servers and Budtenders In L.A.

Minimum wage workers in L.A. reflect on the reality of working for tips: “This is how I have to survive out here in California.”

July 18, 2024
See all posts