Rock musician, Luis Alberto Spinetta, has died after contracting lung cancer last July.
The musician, best known as the “Flaco” had been hospitalised for a 25 day surgical operation due to an “intestinal perforation.” He died at home surrounded by his family.
Spinetta’s illness was publicly announced last December in a moving letter, published on the Twitter account of his son, Dante.
A national icon and pioneer of Latin American rock music, Spinetta was the lead guitarrist of a number of bands, from Alemendra in 1967 to Pescado Rabioso and Spinetta Jade, before dedicating himself to a career as a solo artist in the 1980s.
In 2007, Artaud, the third album released by Pescado Rabioso, was chosen as the best album of Argentine Rock by the magazine Rolling Stone.
In December 2009, Spinetta performed a now mythic show in the Vélez Sarsfield stadium. Thereafter, his public appearances became increasingly more sporadic, although he continued to organise key local festivals.
Spinetta is survived by his four children, Dante, Catarina, Valentino and Vera.