Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, who was hospitalized in a Buenos Aires hospital since September 18, died on Sunday at the age of 74, due to liver and lung problems,
"As of today, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, we have to inform you that Ms. Mercedes Sosa, the greatest artist in Latin American popular music, left us," says a note the family.
"La Negra" Sosa became known around the world for her recordings of folk and popular music Argentina and other Latin American countries and was hospitalized in the ICU for weeks.
The death of Mercedes Sosa mobilized Argentina on Sunday. All television channels started broadcasting her shows.
"A beloved and loving mother, a wounded woman America, her song gives us wings and makes the whole country, shrunk and desolate, not yet die, because you will always sing in our souls", said singer Teresa Parodi, Sosa's friend .
Waiting in Congress
Another artist and friend of Mercedes Sosa, Juan Carlos Saravia, said that the news was expected, but "when it arrives it is very sad".
The singer's remains will be veiled noon in Buenos Aires, at the headquarters of the National Congress.
Sosa faced censorship and persecution in the 1970s, during the Argentine military dictatorship, when his records, loaded with social content, became a reference against the regime.
His last double album, released at the beginning of the year, was nominated for three Latin Grammy awards (album of the year, best cover and best folklore album).
The album Cantora 1 is a collection of popular songs recorded in duets with artists such as Caetano Veloso, Jorge Drexler, Shakira and Joan Manuel Serrat.
Among the composers he performed are Charly García, Alejandro Lerner, Atahualpa Yupanqui, León Gieco, Fito Páez and Silvio Rodríguez.
This week, after Mercedes Sosa's health deteriorated further, the singer's website was flooded with messages wishing her well.
A vigil was also set up at the door of the clinic the singer was hospitalized.