Fans will be able to say their final farewell to Il Divo star Carlos Marin at a wake in Madrid on Monday, December 27.
The singer’s family has said well-wishers and admirers who wish to pay their last respects will be welcomed on Monday at a funeral parlour between 4pm and 8pm.
The public wake at Saint Isidore Funeral Home in the heart of Madrid will take place after the baritone’s friends and loved ones attend a private wake there in the morning.
A message from his family, shared with details of the public wake, said alongside a photo of him in the trademark Armani suit he will be buried in: “Carlos Marin, October 13 1968 – December 19 2021. Rest In Peace.
“We invite you to say goodbye in his last voyage.”
Carlos’ Il Divo bandmates David Miller, Sebastian Izambard and Urs Buhler are expected to join his family at the earlier private wake before leaving ahead of the arrival of fans.
His body is believed to have reached the funeral home over the weekend after being repatriated from the UK following his death aged just 53 from Covid at Manchester Royal Hospital.
He is expected to be cremated after a mass and his ashes deposited on Tuesday December 28 at Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery, the largest in Madrid and one of the largest in western Europe, alongside those of his father in a family niche in accordance with his last wishes.
Carlos’ sister Rosa revealed last week he would be laid to rest in the Armani suit he wore when he performed around the world so he “can sing to Heaven to the Angels.”
She also confirmed the singer, admitted to hospital in Manchester on December 7 ahead of a series of UK concerts, had Covid.
Rosa, who flew to Manchester to be with him alongside his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa as his condition worsened, said: “My brother died because he was infected with the Delta variant of Covid.”
She told respected Spanish daily ABC, confirming comments from his lawyer Alberto Martin 24 hours earlier that he may have waited too long before going to hospital and he had been vaccinated against Covid: “He received the Janssen vaccine which is a single-dose vaccine.
“He began to feel unwell after he arrived in Manchester. He tried to be strong and fight through, but he ended up having breathing difficulties and asked to be taken to hospital.
“When he arrived they did tests and discovered it was Covid.”
Revealing a relative she did not identify was with him when he died and “held his hand until his light extinguished itself”, she added: “His lungs were very compromised and couldn’t overcome the virus despite receiving the best treatment that exists.”
French-born artist Geraldine, better known by her stage name Innocence, said after nearly a week of silence in a clear demonstration of the great relationship they enjoyed despite their 2009 divorce: “Most people already know but I’ll say it again because I want the whole world to know.
“Carlos Marin has been and will always be the great love of my life.
“He’s the kindest and most generous person in the world.”
Sharing news of his tragic passing, Carlos’ Il Divo bandmates said last Sunday after it emerged the Spaniard had been admitted to intensive care and intubated: “It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away.
“He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
Simon Cowell, who was among those to pay tribute to the singer, wrote on Twitter : “I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now.
“I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.”
Simon Cowell-created crossover group Il Divo has sold 30 million copies of their albums worldwide since the band’s inception in 2003.
Carlos Marin last posted on Instagram on December 6 in a snap alongside bandmates, a day before he was admitted to hospital.
In a statement before his death in which they failed to name Carlos as the man who was ill, the band said: “Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022.
“Il Divo are deeply sorry to their fans, but look forward to returning to the road in the new year and seeing you all in the run up to next Christmas.”