Carlos Marín, who has been a member of the British classical singing quartet Il Divo since 2003, has died Sunday at 53.

Surviving Il Divo members David MillerSébastian Izambard and Urs Bühler, confirmed Marín’s passing in a post to the group’s official Instagram page.

“It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marín, has passed away,” the post begins. “He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos. For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With love – David, Sebastien and Urs.”

A cause of death was not shared, though he had recently been hospitalized from an undisclosed illness while the group was performing tour stops in England. Some have theorized that he caught Covid-19, but it has not been confirmed.

Marín had reportedly been sick for a week before he was brought to Manchester Royal Hospital in the U.K., and was put into a medically-induced coma three days before his passing.

Born Carlos Marín Menchero in West Germany but raised in Spain, and began his musical career at the age of eight, recording an album named The Little Caruso. Marín garnered an amazing reputation in the music scene and starred in several stage productions and operas throughout his career.

Il Divo, which was originally formed by Simon Cowell, burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album, which sold five million copies worldwide in its first year. He released 10 studio albums with Il Divo, and they enjoyed great international acclaim.

The future of the group remains uncertain at this point, with Il Divo simply taking to Instagram to share the news, imploring those touched by Il Divo in an Instagram story to celebrate Marín’s life and talent.

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