FLAMENCO guitarist Paco de Lucia has died during a family holiday in Mexico.
The 66-year-old, who was born in Algeciras, had a heart attack in the early hours of this morning.
Paco de Lucia has been credited with shaking up the flamenco scene, and injecting a unique combination of jazz, rock, and blues rhythms into the traditional gypsy music.
He began performing live aged 12 alongside his brother, Pepe, and the pair scooped the top prize in a Jerez singing contest in 1961 which led to the release of his first studio album.
In a career which went on to span more than 50 years, he won numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Flamenco Album 2004, the National Award for Flamenco Guitar, and the Gold Medal of Merit Fine Arts.
In a statement, the Junta in Cadiz expressed their sorrow at his passing, and declared three days of mourning.
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