Legendary Venezuelan singer ‘Tio Simon’ gone at 85

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Simon Diaz

Venezuelan folk musician Simon Diaz. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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.

“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.

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