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Wake Held for Camilo Sesto at Madrid Authors’ Rights Society SGAE

Fans lined up outside SGAE's Longoria Palace to say goodbye to the romantic pop icon.

A wake for Spanish romantic pop icon Camilo Sesto is being held today (Sept. 9) at the art nouveau building in Madrid that houses the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE), where fans lined up outside to pay their respects.   

As news spread that Sesto had passed away in the early hours of Sunday (Sept. 8), SGAE announced on social media that his body would be brought to the authors’ rights society’s Madrid headquarters so that mourners could pay their respects to the singer and composer. SGAE also created a guestbook on Facebook where colleagues and fans can say their goodbyes to Sesto, who SGAE officials described as one of Spain’s fundamental artists.  

Sesto’s coffin, placed next to a grand piano and a photo portrait of the artist, will be at the Longoria Palace until 8 p.m. Madrid time (2 p.m. ET).

A dramatic interpreter of romantic pop ballads, Sesto was an icon in Spain who was known throughout Latin America for songs including “Perdóname” and “Vivir Así es Morir de Amor.” His hit “Amor Mio, Que Me has Hecho,” spent nine weeks at no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart in 1991.


Sesto passed in the early morning hours Sunday (Sept. 8). The news was announced on Sesto’s official social media channels, quickly followed by messages of mourning and appreciation in Spain. He was 72.

Camilo Sesto was born Camilo Blanes in Alicante, Spain in 1946. At the age of 18, he moved to Madrid to pursue his career; his first album Algo de Mí, was released in 1971. His popularity grew in 1973, when he represented Spain in the OTI televised song competition, garnering fans in Latin America. In 1975, Sesto played the title role in Jesucristo Superstar (the Spanish version of Jesus Christ Superstar) in Madrid. The now classic soundtrack album was a hit throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Sesto’s hits included dramatic ballads like “Quieres Ser Mi Amante?” (“Do You Want to be My Lover?”)  and “Vivir Así es morir de amor” (“To Live Like This is to Die of Love”), which have become standards of the Spanish-language romantic songbook.


Sesto died of heart failure after being admitted to a hospital in Madrid for renal problems, a representative for Sesto told Spain’s El Pais newspaper. Sesto had undergone a liver transplant in 2001.