Tributes pour in following the death of beloved Colombian singer Darío Gómez

Tributes pour in following the death of beloved Colombian singer Darío Gómez Credit: Twitter @mincultura

The death of Darío Gómez, a popular Colombian singer, from cardiorespiratory arrest, aged 71 was announced on Tuesday, July 26.

Colombian singer Darío Gómez, known for songs such as “El rey del despecho” (King of Spite) and Corazón resentido (Resentful Heart) reportedly died in Colombia’s Medellin.

The news of the singer’s death was announced by the Clínica Las Américas.

Born in 1951, Darío De Jesus Gómez Zapata began writing songs at the young age of 14 while working as both a mechanic and a farmer. He began his rise to fame, after beginning a group with his brother in 1977, known as “Los Legendarios.”

The singer made his soloist debut in 1985, becoming an iconic figure in Colombia’s music industry, beloved for his pop and ranchera (country style) songs. He was known by many as the King of Spite due to his hit song.

Tributes have since flooded Twitter:

“Nobody is eternal in the world🎶🎶. The amount of guaros I drank singing his songs. Bon Voyage Dario Gomez D.E.P.D.”

To which another user replied: “Did he just die? In medellin… uyyyy father!!!! Que maluco, parceros…. God rest his soul… and watch over his family…. blessings Don Dario…”


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“Darío Gomez died. Half of Colombia tomorrow.”

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Colombia’s Ministry of Culture also paid the singer tribute:

“We mourn the passing of Darío Gómez, the ‘Rey del Despecho’. Renowned Colombian singer and composer of popular music. We will forever remember his interpretations and lyrics that have accompanied Colombians generation after generation.”

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“Tell me NOW if what they are saying about Dario Gómez is true, because I will buy a litre of Aguardiente immediately.”

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A popular Aguardiente brand (traditional Southamerican alcoholic beverage) paid tribute stating:

“Rest in peace 👑 Rey del Despecho – Dario Gómez”

“Thank you for all your successes, but this thank you is not just a thank you, because from today we are going to sing all your songs with the cora and guaro in hand.”

To which another user responded: “What they owed Darío is not written!”

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I’m going to write a thread on Dario Gomez and why he’s everyone’s dad. Darío Gómez covered Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive with ‘Sobreviviré’, the best song by the King of Despecho.”

“For which he made a video in which he appeared like this”:

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“The King of Despecho, Darío Gómez, is gone. Industria de Licores del Valle will not be enough to fill the void.”

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Many more tributes to the legendary Colombian singer were posted:

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The death of beloved Colombian singer Darío Gómez follows the reported death of Laurie Sawle, a former Western Australian cricket legend, as reported on July 26.

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