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Paco de Lucía dies of heart attack aged 66

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BREAKING NEWS: Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía has died in Mexico

Reportedly, the world-renowned guitarist suffered an heart attack while playing with his children on a beach in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

His death has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the city hall in Algeciras, where de Lucía was born on December 21, 1947 with the name of Francisco Sanchez Gomez.

The city of Algeciras has also announced it will decree two days of official mourning in loving memory of its illustrious citizen.

One of Spain's most influential musicians and a composers, De Lucía achieved praise for his work with flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla in the 1970s. He is considered as the ambassador of flamenco, as he succedeed in bringing flamenco to the world scene by fusing the traditional gypsy music of southern Spain with jazz and other genres.

Highly influential in both the classical and jazz circles, de Lucía collaborated with jazz pianist Chick Corea on the album Zyryab in 1990, and with fusion guitarist Al Di Meola amongst many others.

In the book Guitar: Music, History, Players, authors Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton described de Lucía as a 'titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar'. He was certainly one of the greatest classic guitarists of all times, remarkably for his extraordinary fluidity and strength, but also for his ability to innovate artistically.

His career was celebrated with a a number of awards and prizes, including the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Awards in Arts and in 2010. The same year, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Amongst his most famous recordings are Entre dos aguas, La Barrosa, and Gloria al Niño Ricardo.

Paco de Lucía in recent years had lived both in Spain and Mexico.

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