4 Apr, 2024 @ 11:55
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‘Rock star priest’ dies in Spain after his robe was set on fire by a candle

A MUCH-LOVED ‘rockstar priest’ who published his own musical records has died after a candle set his robe on fire.

Javier Sanchez, the priest for the neighbourhood of San Gregorio de Zaragoza, suffered serious burns over the Easter weekend after his clothing caught fire as he tried to light a candle.

The 60-year old Aragonese was taken to Miguel Servet Hospital in Zaragoza after the incident, which took place within his residence in the Santa Isabel convent.

However, the priest, who was famed for releasing a range of musical records including rock, modern pop and soulful ballads, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning. 

In 2015, Sanchez released his third album, titled A tu aire, which he described as containing ‘subliminal religious themes’.

His funeral will take place in a private ceremony this Friday, April 5. 


Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to [email protected]

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