Il Divo singer Carlos Marin has died aged 53 after falling ill with Covid and being placed into a coma.
The sad news was confirmed on the group's official Twitter account, and a statement said: "It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away."
Who was Carlos Marin?
Carlos was a Spanish baritone who rose to international prominence when he joined classical music quartet Il Divo in 2003.
Prior to finding fame alongside Urs Bühler, David Miller and Sébastien Izambard, Carlos released his first album when he was just eight-years-old.
Although he was born in Germany, Carlos was raised in Madrid after moving to the Spanish capital when he was 12.
As well as appearing on a number of Spanish television contests, Carlos starred in musicals including Les Misérables and The Beauty and the Beast.
Carlos married French-Spanish singer Geraldine Cerceda Larrosa, stage name Innocence, at Disneyland in 2006. They divorced three years later.
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What illness did Carlos Marin have?
After falling ill with Covid Carlos was taken to the Manchester Royal Hospital on 8 December. El Espanol reported that although he was in a serious condition his organs were stable.
Days later Il Divo announced a delay to all performances until 2022 down to band "illness" but gave no further details.
In a statement, they said: "Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022.
"Il Divo are deeply sorry to their fans, but look forward to returning to the road in the new year and seeing you all in the run up to next Christmas."
On 19 December the group confirmed that Carlos had passed away, writing: "He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
"For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend.
"We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs."
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When did Il Divo get together and were they created by Simon Cowell?
Il Divo was put together by Simon Cowell in December 2003. The music mogul put on an international search for singers that lasted almost three years before final member David Miller was signed to the group.
They've sold 25 million records worldwide and are the only crossover classical music act to have reached the top spot in America, after their third album Ancora went to number one on the US Billboard 200.
The band's name translates from Italian as "the star".
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