Paco de Lucia Passes Away at 66

Flamenco guitar legend suffered a heart attack while playing with his children on the beach in Mexico.

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Flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia has died at the age of 66 in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

As CNN reports, Paco was on a holiday when he reportedly suffered a sudden heart attack while playing with his children on the beach. He was taken to a local hospital where he passed away on late Tuesday Mexico time.

Miguel Nunez, the spokesman of the guitarist's hometown of Algeciras, confirmed that the preliminary cause of death appears to be a heart attack. The city is reportedly also planing to declare several days of mourning.

De Lucia will remain immortalized through his work, which includes a series of flamenco efforts in the 1970s, as well as later shifts towards the classical and jazz guitar domain. His career also includes notable collaborations with such musical greats as Eric Clapton, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea and more.

Paco will undoubtedly remain to be known as the single greatest flamenco guitarist of our time. Rest in peace.

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    Oh dear, that must have been terror for his children.. May he rest in peace.
    Burnt Ice
    Yeah, but when you think about it, that's life. What better way to go than on a beach with your kids?
    I mainly know him from his work with Al Di Meola and John Mclaughlin but it's fair to say that his skills are unsurpassed. Sad news.
    Man this sucks! I seen him twice with John & Al. Unforgettable performances both times. Especially since I was honoring my all time favorite George Harrison's birthday. RIP gentleman & peace to your family.
    That Old Geezer
    The man was amazing unlike most people that take up guitar. I decided to stop using a pick after seeing videos of what he did with only his fingers, and I still can't believe the sounds he could wring out of his instrument. Rest in peace Paco.
    I will admit, I didn't know who he was before today so I looked him up and I've never seen someone play that incredibly well and looking as though he isn't even doing anything and is totally relaxed.
    Sad to see so few comments, tho it's hardly surprising because A) flamenco ain't a mainstream genre, B) a spicy, misleading title would've been highly inappropiate here, and C) Grohl and Mustaine have yet to comment on this sad, sad news... One of the alltime greats has left us
    C was hilariously true. Well, we still have Al Di Meola...
    And McLaughlin, though in my experience more of his stuff is jazz fusion. "Guitar Trio" has GOT to be the best album ever. That and "Fuente y Caudal".
    I can't believe. I watched him a few years ago. And now he's gone. I just can't believe that he died. He was really amazing.
    Such a shame. I wasn't a huge fan, but he was one of the first guitar players I really admired. What a trauma for those kids as well. RIP.
    A true guitar virtuoso, I'll miss him. One of the best Spanish musicians in a long time.
    RIP Paco De Lucia. The man will always be remembered as a virtuoso. My brother moved to Spain and came back to Canada playing Paco's music on guitar.
    RIP Paco, you were a God among men. Your music will never be forgotten.
    One of my heroes. A legend. Rest In Peace Paco de Lucia. You music lives on. My sincerest condolences to his family.
    Truly saddening news. My deepest condolences to his family and fans alike. His legacy will live on in the music he played and the inspiration he gave to those who would listen. He will be greatly missed and is evidently the next in line to play in the Great Gig in the Sky. Rest In Peace Paco De Lucia.
    Some sad news for our country, Spain, specially so far away from his home... Rest in peace, "maestro".
    Of all the people that inspired me to practice harder, this is the only man who made me feel like giving up because I will never be able to reach this man´s level.
    all sorts of famous guitarists thought he was the best alive, its a sad sad day. May he rest in peace.
    I just saw this online, I've got the "Friday Night in San Francisco" album (on vinyl, thats how long i've had it) with DiMeola and McLaughlin and it is 3 totally awesome guitar players playing totally awesome music. so sad to hear of Paco's passing. May he rest in peace.