Fito Olivares dead: Saxophonist dies aged 75 after cancer diagnosis

Fito Olivares has died aged 75 (Picture: AP)

Tejano musician Fito Olivares has died, it has been confirmed.

He was known for songs that were wedding and quinceanera mainstays, including the hit Juana La Cubana, has died.

Olivares was 75 years of age.

The noted saxophonist died on Friday morning (March 17) at home in Houston, according to his wife, Griselda Olivares.

She said he was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Born Rodolfo Olivares on April 1947, the late star grew up in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Olivares began to play professionally in 1963, at the age of 16.

He later moved to Houston in 1980 with his brothers, forming Olivares y su Grupo La Pura Sabrosura.

Other songs he is known for include Aguita de Melon, El Chicle and El Colesterol.

Tejano is also known as Tex-Mex music.

In addition to playing the saxophone, he also played accordion, wrote songs and occasionally sang, his wife shared.

Griselda said their family had received a lot of support from fans on social media.

‘They played the music all over the world,’ she said.

Among those paying tributes following the sad news of his death was Ed Gonzalez, the sheriff for Harris County, where Houston is located.

‘Rest in peace to a legend we all grew up with, Fito Olivares,’ he tweeted.

‘Thank you for the music.’

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