Tragic Il Divo star Carlos Marin ‘s legacy is set to live on through a foundation being set up by his bandmates.
The singer tragically died at the age of 53 after contracting Covid.
He lost his battle with the disease in a Manchester Hospital on December 19.
Confirming they’ll continue their career without him by their side, Carlos’ bandmates said they were setting up a foundation in his name.
On Saturday morning, a beautiful performance of Bohemian Rhapsody by Carlos and his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa was broadcast on a Spanish TV show.
Ahead of the performance, in a tribute to their friend and bandmate, Il Divo’s David Miller said: “The three of us will be setting up a Carlos Marin foundation.”
Swiss singer Urs Bulher added, confirming the band would continue: “We will also be paying tribute to Carlos and his singing in our future shows.”
The Simon Cowell-created crossover group has sold 30 million copies of their albums worldwide since the band’s inception in 2003.
David described their 17 years together as an “amazing incredible ride” and said: “Carlos Marin was a larger-than-life personality and a beautiful person.
“He was loved by millions of fans around the world.”
Urs added: “He was a rare combination of an incredibly beautiful God-given voice” before letting third bandmate Sebastien Izambard continue: “And an absolutely incredible talent.”
They described his voice as “powerful and sultry” and said he was a man of “passion and playfulness with an incredible sense of humour”, admitting: “We were lucky and honoured to be able to perform with him in our midst for so many years.”
Saying they would deeply miss his jokes, playfulness, and his friendship, Sebastien added: “Most importantly we will miss his brilliant voice.”
The three singers gave no more details during their tribute about the foundation they plan to create.
Private foundations are non-profit charitable entities which are generally created by a single benefactor, usually an individual or business.
Using an initial seed donation, an investment is made to generate income which is then dispersed according to the agency’s charitable priorities.
Meanwhile, French-born singer Geraldine, 44, revealed on Monday as she bid farewell to her former husband at a wake in Madrid a day before his funeral that they were planning to remarry before he lost his fight against coronavirus.
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The couple finished their emotional four-minute-long performance of the hit song by British rock band Queen holding hands to rapturous applause by the studio audience in the clip aired yesterday.
Geraldine, better known by her stage name Innocence, flagged up the performance on her social media after telling her fans in a message alongside a photo of a heart-shaped cloud: “No-one can take away the love and complicity we have.
“I know you’re there with me and your family. If you were great here on Earth, you’re a God where you are now.”
Music lovers were quick to praise the pair’s immaculate last duet and Carlos’ last performance on RTVE’s New Year gala show.
One said: “Beautiful moment. The best part of the night. Now it will be a memory. Sad but lovely.”
Another added: “I think it will be the last show we will see from this great person. A marvellous duet. Geraldine, you’re lucky to have spent so many years alongside this marvellous singer. How proud you must be to have had a person like this by your side.”