Los Angeles Unveils Statue of Mexican Singer-Actor Antonio Aguilar
Antonio Aguilar, who died in 2007 at the age of 88, hit it big in Los Angeles. A crowd cheers the statue’s unveiling during Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
Family lore says that when a young Antonio Aguilar arrived in Los Angeles hoping to make it big, he spent nights sleeping on benches at La Placita Olvera downtown.
The Mexican singer and actor, who died in 2007 at the age of 88, went on to make more than 160 records and more than 100 films, building a huge following on both sides of the border. Thousands gathered Sunday to honor Aguilar during celebrations of Mexican Independence Day, when a statue of him was unveiled in a plaza close to the benches where he once slept.
“He made Mexicans feel proud of being Mexican in the United States,” said Martha Jimenez, 40, tears welling as the crowd cheered and cameras flashed. “He was a beautiful person.”
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A great singer and I’m related to him via family marriages.