Adán Chalino Sánchez, one of the most promising young regional Mexican acts, died yesterday (March 28) from injuries sustained in a car crash the previous evening. He was 19.
Sánchez was the son of legendary corrido singer/songwriter Chalino Sánchez, who was murdered 12 years ago in Sinaloa, Mexico. In a strange twist of fate, his son’s accident happened in the same state, as he traveled to a scheduled performance in Puerto Vallarta with his manager, Lorena Rodriguez. No one else was killed in the crash.
Born in California, Sánchez began singing when he was 9. He recorded with various indie labels before signing last year with Univision Records. His debut album on the label reached No. 55 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
Sánchez was regarded as an upcoming force in regional Mexican music. Earlier this month, he performed a sold-out show at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.
“A kind and special individual, Adán loved his mother and sister and worked hard to fulfill his dream of paying homage to his father and to also record and perform his own style of music,” says José Béhar, president/CEO of Univision Music Group. “We have been honored that he entrusted us with his music and friendship, and all of us at Univision Music Group will greatly miss him.”
Sánchez is a finalist for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, where his song “Me Cansé de Morir por Tu Amor” is up for regional Mexican airplay track of the year, male solo artist.