Freddy Fender, aged 69, died Saturday at his Corpus Christi home. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2006, and became 69. In 1957 he released a Spanish version of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" to moderate success in Mexico and South America.
Fender hit it big in 1975 after some regional success, years of struggling - and a stint in prison - when "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" climbed to No. 1 on the pop and country charts. Fender, , with his family at his bedside, said Ron Rogers, a family spokesman.
Source: Various / Updated: Oct 15, 2006