A member of the Il Divo pop-opera combo, Carlos Marn, passed away at the age of 53.
In a Twitter message on Sunday, the remaining members of the chart-topping band revealed his death.
Tenors David Miller, Sébastien Izambard, and Urs Bühler paid tribute to the baritone online, calling him a “wonderful spirit.” The message stated, “It is with sorrowful hearts that we inform you that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has died away.” “His friends, family, and fans will miss him. Carlos’ voice and spirit will never be duplicated.”
“We’ve been on this great trip of Il Divo together for 17 years, and we’ll miss our beloved friend. We sincerely hope and pray that his lovely spirit will find peace.”
Marn had been performing with the band in the UK in December when their tour was canceled “due to sickness.” The vocalist’s death comes just days after the band reported on Twitter that he had been hospitalized. The nature of his disease was not divulged, and the reason of his death was not determined.
Marn, who was born in Germany but reared in Madrid, was a founding member of Il Divo, which means “divine male performer” in Italian, and was founded by Simon Cowell in 2003 under his SyCo record label.
With the trio, he went on to release ten studio albums, including three UK number one albums: “Il Divo,” “Ancora,” and “The Promise.”
On Twitter, Cowell expressed his anguish at the news, writing: “It’s tough for me to put into words how I feel right now. Carlos Marin’s death has broken my heart. He was enamored with life. He enjoyed playing and was always grateful to the fans who had supported the group since its inception. Carlos, may you rest in peace. I’m going to miss you.
Il Divo sang “The Time of Our Lives,” the official song of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with R&B artist Toni Braxton in 2006. Marin said he was “happy” to be able to connect with people through music during an appearance on Mountain Lake PBS in 2015.
“The benefit of being a vocalist is that you can connect people to a song.