XAVIER Ortiz, a former member of Mexican pop group Garibaldi, has died aged 48.
Mexican media reports say the singer took his own life.
Ortiz’s sister, Olga Ortiz Ramirez tweeted: “With deep sadness and great pain, I report the death of my dear brother and great colleague of the Garibaldi Group and actor, Xavier Ortiz.
“My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the artistic community.”
His ex-wife and fellow former band member Patricia Manterola shared an emotional tribute to social media.
She wrote: “So I will always remember you dear Xavi, with that
beautiful smile that infected all of us who had the pleasure of crossing your path…
“Always with your noble and sensitive heart, with that desire to help whoever asked you, with those Eyes so crystalline that they could not hide your feelings, with that immense love for your son.
“You are already in the arms of your beautiful Mommy whom you missed so much… From here I hug your family very very
tightly, Rafa, Olguita, Lety, Dany , Xavi Jr and everyone … I am so sorry.
“GOOD TRIP BACK HOME DEAR XAVI! Rest in peace .”
The pair were married from 1999-2005.
Ortiz then married Carisa de Leon, with whom he shares one son.
The pair began divorce proceedings in 2018, according to El Financiero.
The singer, who found fame with the group in the 80s thanks to its uniquely modern take on traditional Mexican music, branched out into acting later in life.
Garibaldi’s hits mixed a modern twist on traditional songs, taking their band name from Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City where mariachi bands traditionally play.
The group’s self-titled first album was released in 1988 and their last album, Bicentenario, in 2010.
Garibaldi’s biggest hits include, Banana and Beats Me.
After the band split in the late 90s, Ortiz went on to star in a number of telenovas as well as on stage.
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