Freddy Fender Dies From Lung Cancer

Freddy Fender, 69, died at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounded by family October 14th.

Born Baldemar Huerta, Fender had been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer earlier this year after receiving a kidney transplant in 2002 and a liver transplant in 2004.

Fender’s career dates back to the ’50s when Fender was billed as “El Be Bop Kid,” but he was best known for taking over the pop and country charts in 1975 with “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days And Wasted Nights.”

He became part of Tex-Mex supergroup The Texas Tornados in the late ’80s.