Fonseca, Juanes & More Mourn the Death of Colombian Singer Martin Elias

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Fonseca performs in Guatemala City on March 17, 2012 during the Tigo Fest music festival. 

Vallenato singer/songwriter Martín Elías died in car accident on Friday (April 14). The Colombian artist was 26 years old.

The accident happened during the early hours of the morning while Elías was on his way to Valledupar, a northern city of Colombia. He had performed at a music festival the night before.

Elías was considered a pioneer in the new wave of vallenato music in Colombia, following in the footsteps of his father, the iconic folk singer/songwriter Diomedes Díaz, who died in 2013.

Colombian superstars like Fonseca, Carlos Vives, Juanes, Maluma, J Balvin and Silvestre Dangond took to social media to mourn the death of their friend and colleague. 

"My soul hurts .... He was talented and a gentleman. Thank you for your music. Have a good trip, brother," Fonseca tweeted along with a photo of him with Elías and Vives.

In a heartfelt tribute, the "Al filo de tu amor" singer shared photos and videos of him and the late singer performing onstage.  

Juanes wrote on Twitter: "Mourning the death of Martín Elías. His family and friends are in my prayers."  

 Urban superstar Maluma posted on Instagram, "His music will make him immortal." 

"Thank you for the happy moments you gave us," J Balvin posted.  


GRACIAS POR LA FELICIDAD QUE NOS DISTE !! @martineliasdiaz !!!!! En otro plano nos veremos

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Vallenato singer/songwriter Dangond adds: "Champ, you left us too early. It's not fair!! But we will reunite again in the future."