Raul Velasco, the legendary host of Mexican TV show "Siempre En Domingo" and champion of countless artists, died Sunday (Nov. 26) in his home in Mexico City. He was 73 years old.

Raul Velasco, the legendary host of Mexican TV show "Siempre En Domingo" and champion of countless artists, died Sunday (Nov. 26) in his home in Mexico City. He was 73 years old.

Velasco, whose death was attributed to "natural causes," had been feted in a concert Oct. 18 in Acapulco that included performances by Ricky Martin, Vicente Fernandez, Mana, Chayanne and Gloria Trevi.

Velasco was best known as the host of "Siempre en Domingo," a weekly TV variety show that aired on Sundays for 29 years, from 1969 to 1998 and was Mexico's leading entertainment show for its nearly 30-year run.

"Siempre en Domingo," and Velasco, were considered the essential platform for any aspiring musical act. Velasco's influence went way beyond Mexico, and his nod of approval was widely coveted both in the United States and the rest of Latin America.

Velasco is survived by his children Raul, Claudia and Arturo, from his first marriage, and Karine and Diego, from his second marriage, as well as his wife Dorle Klokow de Velasco.

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