In honor of the death of Freddy Fender, one of the few Hispanic artists to achieve major success in country music

Freddy Fender died at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 14, 2006, with his family at his bedside. He died after a long battle with lung cancer. Fender is 69 years old.

A month before his death, the Grammy-winning musician revealed he had been diagnosed with incurable cancer. Fender underwent surgery after a fungal infection and the left upper lobe of his lung had to be removed. However, surgeons found two large tumors.