Simon Diaz, one of the most popular Venezuelan musicians and performers, died on Wednesday at the age of 85. “Tio Simon,” as he was affectionately called was most famous for his work on the song “Caballo Viejo.” Diaz was also awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his recording career. His focus was always on promoting a love for “llanos”, Venezuelan plains folk music.
Con lágrimas le anuncio al país que mi amado padre, partió esta mañana, en paz.
— Bettsimar Díaz (@BettsimarDiaz) February 19, 2014
“With tears in my eyes, I announce to the country that my beloved father peacefully left us this morning,” wrote his daughter, Bettsimar Diaz, without describing the cause of death.
Díaz was born on August 9, 1928. He wrote over 200 songs and recorded 70 albums in his lifetime, according to the Associated Press. Apart from being a musician he was also a producer, an actor and a radio and TV personality. One of his most famous shows was “Contesta Por Tío Simón,” a cultural children’s show.
Fans react to his death:
The Latin Recording Academy regrets the departure of our beloved Simon Diaz — Latin GRAMMYs (@LatinGRAMMYs) February 19, 2014
I am so heartbroken and deeply saddened about Simòn Diaz’s death. I was just listening to his songs last night. May he rest in peace.
— Saray Cahuas✡ (@SarayCahuas) February 19, 2014
Great Venezuelan composer Simon Diaz died today at 85. His song “Tonada de Luna Llena” is a masterpiece: http://t.co/WndCfbfr0H
— Raul Juste Lores (@rauljustelores) February 19, 2014
The winner of the Latin Grammy SIMON DIAZ died today. I had the opportunity to meet him at MISS VENEZUELA 2001… http://t.co/K3nDYUp5SZ
— Amalyn ☆BELLYDANCER☆ (@AmalynG) February 19, 2014
Rip Simon Diaz such an important idol for Venezuelans everywhere can’t think of Venezuela without thinking of his music mi querido llanero 😢
— LightskinKeithSweat (@ProWeavePatter) February 19, 2014
sad news of the death of simon diaz
— Eleonais de Jesus (@EleonaisJ) February 19, 2014
The great Simon Diaz has passed away. Will be remembered forever!
— Rolando Sarabia (@rjsarabias) February 19, 2014
Simon Diaz is dead, my friend, irreparable loss to Venezuela in difficult times for democracy, peace to his remains
— henry hernandez (@hhm5021) February 19, 2014