Carlos Marin's agent said he got jab in Mexico before infection in UK

Il Divo singer Carlos Marin was vaccinated in Mexico before catching Covid in the UK, agent reveals after the 53-year-old death’s – as manager Simon Cowell praises his love of life and says: ‘I will miss you’

  • Carlos Marin, a Spanish baritone who was part of Il Divo, has died in hospital in Manchester, the band has said 
  • The 53-year-old Spaniard fell ill during UK tour on December 7, with agent saying he tested positive for Covid
  • He was taken to hospital last week and was later placed in a coma and intubated, but has since passed away 
  • Singer was vaccinated against Covid in Mexico, agent said, without saying when or what shots he was given 

Il Divo singer Carlos Marin was vaccinated against Covid in Mexico earlier this year, it has been revealed, after the Spanish singer passed away at the weekend following a Covid infection. 

The 53-year-old fell ill while touring the UK on December 7, with his agent telling Spanish news programme Corazon last night that he then tested positive for the virus despite being immunized.

He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary last week before being placed in an induced coma and hooked up to breathing machines after his oxygen supply was ‘compromised’. It is not clear exactly when that happened.

Carlos later died, with bandmates Urs Buhler, David Miller, and Sebastien Izambard confirming the news on Twitter Sunday, saying: ‘There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos’.

Simon Cowell, who put Il Divo together in 2003 after a worldwide talent search, also led tributes – writing on Instagram: ‘I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now.

‘Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.’

It is not clear when exactly Carlos was last vaccinated, how many doses he was given, or what jab he received.

More than half of the 205million shots given out by Mexico have been AstraZeneca or Pfizer, but significant minorities have been given Russian and Chinese shots.   

Il Divo star Carlos Marin has died in hospital after his life support machine was turned off following a Covid battle

Il Divo’s concert in Bath on December 6 was the last time Mr Marín (right) was seen on stage

Simon Cowell, who put Il Divo together in 2003 after a talent search, led tributes to Carlos today – saying: ‘I will miss you’

The group are considered the pioneers of operatic pop, or popera, and their live concerts have sold more than two million tickets worldwide (Marin pictured right in 2019)

In a post on the Il Divo Twitter feed, his fellow singers 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.’   

Leading the tributes, Lorraine Kelly said: ‘This is so sad. I had the joy of interviewing Carlos and @ildivoofficial many times over the years. 

‘He was such a class act. Thoughts with everyone who loved him x.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli added: ‘Devastated @ildivoofficial @carlosmarin_ passed away.

‘We had the best time putting together the first @ildivoofficial performance 17 yeas ago great voice great man a true passionate Spirit with wicked sense of humor we will miss you so sad.’ 

Baritone Marin had been a star of Il Divo since its inception in 2003, and the group has gone to sell more than 30 million copies of their albums worldwide. 

The group are also considered the pioneers of operatic pop, or ‘popera’, and their live concerts have sold more than two million tickets worldwide.

Il Divo was created by Simon Cowell after he decided to form a multinational quartet of classical singers inspired by opera group The Three Tenors, which included Pavarotti. 

Before his death, Il Divo had said they were ‘hoping and praying’ for Marín after the group were forced to cancel their UK tour.  

His agent said: ‘His ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa is with him in hospital because although they separated 12 years ago they remain great friends.’ 

The pair had been due to perform together on TVE1 on New Year’s Eve. 

French-born singer Geraldine Larrosa, better known by her stage name of Innocence, had recorded a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody with Marin to be aired during a special on Spanish TV.  

The band also performed in Southend and Bournemouth, where they are pictured on December 4 

Il Divo star Carlos Marín – pictured with his ex wife Geraldine Larrosa (stage name Innocence) had been placed in an induced coma after being admitted to hospital

Marin was born in Germany in 1968 but was raised in Spain, recording his first album at the age of just eight years old.

He competed in a number of Spanish singing competitions and regularly performed on TV.

The singer then starred in musicals including Les Miserables and Grease, and sang in The Nightmare before Christmas and the Spanish version of Cinderella before joining Il Divo.

Earlier this month, he shared a selfie video from beside a pool in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, to promote the final leg of Il Divo’s tour. 

He then performed in Southend, Bournemouth and Brighton – when he posted an aInstagram video which showed him looking healthy while talking enthusiastically about the upcoming performance.

Il Divo’s concert in Bath on December 6 was the last time he was seen on stage and he was admitted to hospital two days later, El Espanol reported. 

Gigs in Hull and Nottingham were called off and on December 10, Il Divo announced all subsequent shows had been postponed until 2022. 

He split from the 44-year-old three years later, but they remained friends and had been seen attending events together (including this concert in Madrid)  

Mr Marin had been a star of Il Divo since its inception in 2003, and sold over 30 million copies of their albums worldwide

The singer is pictured second left with L-R David Miller, Urs Buhler and Sebastien Izambard in 2019

It comes just days after Il Divo announced they’d postponed their remaining UK tour dates until 2022 due to ‘illness’

Announcing their tour had been suspended, Il Divo tweeted: ‘Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022. 

‘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.’ 

Il Divo – which means ‘star’ in Italian – had been scheduled to perform two festive European shows, one in Lisbon and another in La Coruña, and the latter show was recently postponed until July 15, 2022. 

Last month a 72-year-old woman from Barcelona was convicted of coercion and fined €60 for sending Mr Marín explicit and threatening letters.

The woman – named only as Rosa – was also given a six-month restraining order preventing her from coming within 500metres of Mr Marín. 

His lawyer filed an appeal against the lightness of her sentence, noting he’d had to change his ‘work and life habits’, The Olive Press reported.  

The female fan is said to have started to develop a ‘platonic love’ for the Il Divo star before beginning to make offensive phone calls to his production company and turn her venom on the 53-year-old.

She sent ‘threatening and offensive messages’ to the singer, his family and work colleagues in letters according to a written court judgement, making a series of detailed sexual proposals based around sadomasochistic practices. 

At one point she was calling the singer’s aides up to a dozen times a day. The woman at the centre of the extraordinary case was said to have posed as a businesswoman trying to hire Carlos for a musical project and began to send the lurid letters after being turned down. 

The singer’s lawyer claimed her harassment had led to the Il Divo star suffering sleepless nights and ’emotional stress’ and had even led to him fearing leaving his home. 

Rosa’s defence team said before she was convicted she suffered a mental illness but the judge rejected their claim. 

The trial that led to the conviction took place in September in Madrid. 

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