- Associated Press - Monday, December 13, 2010

MADRID (AP) - One of Spain’s top flamenco singers, Enrique Morente, has died. He was 67.

Madrid’s La Luz Hospital said Morente died on Monday but did not specify the cause.

The hospital said in a statement that Morente underwent surgery Dec. 4 and again two days later following complications.

Spanish media say the original surgery was for an ulcer.

Admired for his constant efforts to modernize and innovate flamenco, Morente was the first flamenco artist to receive the Culture Ministry’s National Music Award, in 1994.

He was married to dancer Aurora Carbonell. They had three daughters, one of them the immensely popular flamenco singer Estrella Morente.

The singer’s family said earlier Monday that Morente was brain dead after a slipping into a coma last week.

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