Mexican singer/songwriter José José confirmed he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in a heartbreaking video on March 24, sharing it across his social platforms.
In a four-minute clip, the 69-year-old singer gave an update on his health after media outlets reported he had been hospitalized in Mexico. "I want to be the one to inform you guys what is happening in my life and career, like I have been doing all my life," he says (in Spanish), adding that after undergoing medical exams to figure out why he was losing weight, they found a small tumor in his pancreas.
The "El triste" singer will receive chemotherapy to remove the tumor, and assures his fans that he will get through this new "adventure" with the help of God. "That is the reality of what I'm going through," he continued. "I want to you to know that aside from the small tumor, I am well. I am ready to take on this new adventure in my life."
The iconic singer, known as "Príncipe de la Canción," will have his own biopic on Telemundo, the network announced a few weeks ago. The series titled Nace un Ídolo (An Idol is Born) will follow José José's journey to "reach the status of an idol -- including fame and fortune -- and the high price he had to pay to achieve his dreams."
On the Billboard charts, José José had 20 Hot Latin Songs hits, four reached No. 1, and 15 albums on the Top Latin Albums chart. According to Nielsen Music, he has sold 1,868,000 albums in the U.S.