“The Power Of Love” was on full display.
Carlos Marin, of Il Divo, sent his ex-wife a farewell message through FaceTime when he realised “he wasn’t going to make it” before his terrible death at the age of 53 last week. Geraldine Larrosa, his former paramour, revealed the devastating news while attending the Spanish baritone’s private wake in Madrid on Monday, according to the Daily Mail.
“Before being intubated he said goodbye to me because he knew he wasn’t going to pull through and it was the saddest image in my life,” recalled a tearful Larrosa, 44.
Despite their 2009 divorce, Larrosa, who goes by the stage name Innocence, is said to have stayed close to Marin. “He called me and said he adored me and that I was the love of his life, and he begged me to look after his family,” she explained.
“We had survived the epidemic, and in the end, the pandemic took him away from me,” said the heartbroken ex-lover, who was escorted to the funeral home by family members, including her 9-year-old daughter Scarlett and her new partner, Sergio Arce, who is now Marin’s godson. Carlos’ sister Rosa, his mother Magdalena Menchero, and Carlos’ Il Divo teammates David Miller, Sebastian Izambard, and Urs Buhler were among those who reportedly attended the private funeral. Since then, the funeral home has been open to fans who want to pay their respects to Marin.
Larrosa’s heartbreaking announcement comes after the singer of “Right Here Waiting” died on Dec. 19 in Manchester, England, while on tour in the United Kingdom.
Marin’s sister Rosa recently stated that the singer had developed the Delta strain of COVID, which had invaded his lungs and prompted doctors to place him in a medically induced coma. After learning that the star’s condition had deteriorated, Larrosa reportedly flew to the United Kingdom.
“Carlos Marin has been and will always be the great love of my life,” the pop artist wrote in an emotional Twitter tribute to her late former sweetheart following his death.
Marin rose to international prominence as a child, recording two albums and playing in front of enormous crowds before the age of thirteen. The prodigy was performing in hit Broadway musicals including “Les Misérables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Grease,” and “Peter Pan” by the 1990s.