Ask any member of any Mexican household and you will know that Vicente Fernández is THE king of music for generations. That’s why they call him ‘El Rey’. The 79-year-old singer has been on a decline the last several years and even started his farewell tour in 2012. Still, the voice of Mexican regional and ranchera music is alive and kicking and remains a staple at bars, quinceañeras, bbqs, and just about anywhere us brown folks congregate—and that’s not a generalization. It’s truth.
It’s hard to imagine a world without an icon like Vicente Fernández (a.k.a. Chente), still there are things that are inexcusable, even for old-world thinking Mexican machistas.
During his farewell tour, Fernández learned that he had a small growth between both bile ducts that was cancerous. This brought his tour to a rapid halt. Doctors recommended that Fernández undergo a liver transplant as soon as possible to hopefully remove the cancer, but according to Regeneracion.mx, El Rey shared with the program ‘De Primera Mano’ that he rejected a liver transplant because he feared it would come from a gay man or a drug addict.
They wanted to put in a liver from another bastard and I said: ‘I’m not going to sleep with my wife with the liver of another guy. I don’t know if he was a homosexual or a drug addict’.
And if you don’t believe it…here’s the video–Chente starts talking about it at the 3:30 mark:
Fernández also shared that he immediately left the hospital and doctors begged him to stay since they had already found a donor who matched.
To avoid getting a transplant, Fernández underwent a treatment in Chile where he says he was operated on by a robot. He was in recovery for seven days.
Looks like all those tequila shots throughout his 50-year career really did a number on Chente.
I guess we can start calling him ‘El Güey’.