Singer Vicente Fernandez Rejected a Liver Transplant Fearing it Belonged to a Homosexual

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.

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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, 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.

He said:

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.

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I guess we can start calling him ‘El Güey’.



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