Enrique Morente, gigante de flamenco, fallece a 67
December 13, 2010 6:43 PM   Subscribe

Enrique Morente, a controversial, influential giant among flamenco singer-songwriters, died today in the Madrid clinic La Luz, where he had been in an induced coma for the last several days. He was said to have been suffering from stomach cancer, and last week had entered the hospital for surgical intervention for hemorrhaging.

Morente was profoundly dedicated to the work of Pablo Picasso, and had dedicated several of his works to the painter. Just before Morente went into hospital recently, he had been working on another piece expressing his admiration for Picasso. In a film directed by Emilio Ruiz Barrachina, Morente visited Picasso's Guernica in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and sang before the painting.

Disturbingly, in breaking news, it seems the singer's family is accusing the clinic where he died of malpractice, and (unrelated), his home was recently broken into and robbed.
posted by toodleydoodley (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sad news.

And probably not unrelated that his house was targeted for robbery--it is sadly not at all unusual for people in hospital to have their homes robbed, because nobody's home then. Some people have no soul, as the neighbor said.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:09 PM on December 13, 2010

sad and
posted by clavdivs at 7:10 PM on December 13, 2010

Sorry to say, I really buried the lede. The whole impetus for this post came when I opened up "El Pais" yesterday and saw the video linked in "sang before the painting."
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:59 AM on December 14, 2010

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