Composer Adán López Dávila of two-time Grammy award nominated band Los Acosta dies at the age of 61
- The songwriter died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer
- He was known for his romantic writing style evident in songs like Tonto Corazon
- López Dávila helped the band reach international success in the 1990s
Renowned composer Adán López Dávila of the band Los Acosta has died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer, according to his representatives.
The Mexican musician, who died on Tuesday, was known for his romantic writing style and the various hits he wrote during a career spanning more than three decades
López Dávila was a fundamental part of the Grammy award winning group’s success in the 1990s.
He had gone through a long illness and spent his last days in the hospital.
The band is most known for their hit songs, Caprichos de Mujer (Women’s Whims), Borracho de Tristeza (Drunk of Sadness), and El Amor de mi Vida (The Love of my Life.)
Mexican musician Adán López Dávila (right), composer for the band Los Acosta, has died at 61
The band, made up of the Acosta brothers, was nominated for Grammys in 2006 and 2007
While they are most popular in Mexico, they also enjoyed success in other countries, including Europe at the end of the 20th century.
The band’s members are brothers – Ricardo on vocals, Ernesto on the bass, Carlos on the drums, and Sergio on the keyboard.
They were nominated for Latin Grammys in 2006 for their album Amor y Delirio (Love and Delirium) and in 2007 for the album Siluetas (Silhouettes.)
López Dávila had a long career in music, which started when he was just 14, performing at local cafes in his hometown.
He later said he was inspired by the poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda as well as Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
The first song he wrote, Mary, was inspired by his first love.
As a teenager he traveled to Mexico City where he survived by singing on buses, eventually getting enough money to go back home after facing rejection from music companies.
There was some confusion online shortly after López Dávila’s death was announced, with many of the band’s fans believing it was vocalist Ricardo who had died
After meeting Los Acosta’s Ernesto y Ricardo Acosta in 1985 and joining the band, López Dávila had his first hit, Tonto Corazón (Silly Heart).
The 1991 song catapulted the group into national and international fame.
Fans have taken to social media to mourn López Dávila, including the governor of his home state of San Luis Potosí.
‘San Luis Potosí is mourning the passing of Adán López Dávila, composer of the band Los Acosta. We are very sorry for his family, friends and fans. May he rest in piece,’ wrote governor Ricardo Gallardo Camona.
There was some confusion online shortly after López Dávila’s death was announced, with many of the band’s fans believing it was vocalist Ricardo who had died.
‘Los Acostas are mourning,’ wrote one fan. ‘But don’t get confused: It was Adán López Davila, a fundamental member who gave life to the group’s most successful hits.’
Many of the band’s fans celebrated the musician by posting videos on social media listening or dancing to López Dávila’s songs.
‘We are saying goodbye to composer Adán López Dávila just in the way he would have wanted,’ wrote one fan alongside a video of people dancing to one of the band’s songs.
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