Cumbia singer who sold more than thirty million albums and released the hits "Matamoros Querido" and "Lamento De Amor." His famous catchphrase, "Rigo es Amor (Rigo is Love)" became a favorite description of him.
He had several early hits with his band Costa Azul.
He was nicknamed "El Ídolo de las multitudes," The Idol of the Masses.
He had a strained relationship with his family. His mother, who he was close to, died early, and his brothers distanced themselves as he started gaining fame.
More than 400,000 people attended his concert at Rio Santa Catarina in Monterrey, breaking a 300,000 attendance record for Pope John Paul II earlier that year.