Los Enanitos Verdes frontman Marciano Cantero has died at the age of 62

Marciano Cantero, lead vocalist and bassist in a prolific Argentinian rock band Los Enanitos Verdes, passed away on Thursday (September 8), just two weeks after his 62nd birthday on Aug. 25.

Cantero (real name Horacio Eduardo Cantero Hernández) was in intensive care after undergoing surgery for a kidney infection in September. 5, according to El tiempowhich also revealed that the singer had one of his kidneys and part of his spleen removed at the Cuyo Clinic in his hometown of Mendoza, Argentina.

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The news of his passing was confirmed on the official Enanitos Verdes Instagram account, which simply shared a black ribbon as a public display of grief. A few hours earlier, the account posted a photo of Cantero with a caption that read, “Today and always with you Marciano,” along with praying hand emojis.

Cantero formed together with Felipe Staiti (guitar) and Daniel Piccolo (drums) Los Enanitos Verdes in 1979 and became one of the biggest Latin rock bands of the 80s and 90s thanks to timeless hits such as “Lamento Boliviano”, “Luz De Dia” and “La Muralla Verde”.

The trio earned two Grammy nominations for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance for “Nectar” and “Traccion Acustica”. In 2019, reggaeton artists J Balvin and Bad Bunny jumped into Cantero for their urban-alternative track “Un Peso”, part of their collaborative album Oasis.

On July 6, 2022, Los Enanitos Verdes kicked off their 17-city US tour, produced by Frias Entertainment and Live Nation, to celebrate their more than 40-year career. The tour officially ended in August. 13 at Orlando’s House of Blues.

The lineup featured Cantero, Staiti and Jota Morelli on drums.

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