Johnny Laboriel Dies: Former Rock'n' Roll Singer Dead At 71 After Battling Prostate Cancer

Johnny Laboriel dies at 71 after battling prostate cancer.
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Mexican rock 'n' roll singer Johnny Laboriel has died after battling prostate cancer, reports Televisa. He was 71 years old. Johnny Laboriel, born July 9, 1942 in Mexico City, was the son of actor and composer Juan José Laboriel and actress Francisca López de Laboriel. He shot to fame at the young age of 19 when he joined rock 'n' roll band "Los Rebeldes del Rock" in 1958. He went solo in the late 1960s, when he reached the peak of his fame and career. But it's not just his musical career that he is famous for, as Johnny Laboriel engaged in many entertainment-related positions.

Throughout his career, Johnny Laboriel, who was born José Juan Laboriel López,

dabbled in acting as well, having featuered in a wide array of films including "The Last Mexican," The Birthright," "Furia Roja," "The Rhythm of Twist," "Dengue Love," "Revenge of Gabino Barrera and The Children of Don Laureano," and more. His career in telenovelas was also important, and fans of the children soap 'Carrusel' might remember him as José Rivera, dad to Cirilo, the afromexican kid in love with the rich girl (Ludwika Paleta). He also played a part in 'Nunca te olvidaré' along Edith González and Fernando Colunga. One can also argue that Johnny Laboriel will be remembered most for his dance moves, which he shared with the world in TV show "Premier Orfeon" and in movies like "A Ritmo De Twist" and "La Mano Que Aprieta." Earlier this year, Johnny Laboriel celebrated his career of 55 years with appearances at the National Auditorium Lunario.

The news of his death was confirmed by priest José de Jesús Aguilar, the deputy director of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Mexico, who tweeted that the singer had died at one. "Johnny Laboriel started a new tour. Thanks for your friendship and many successes," read the tweet by José de Jesús Aguilar. According to the priest, the singer was hospitalized from prostate cancer and was in a delicate state. "Keep praying for Johnny Laboriel," tweeted the priest yesterday. "Yesterday I put the Holy Oils and the situation is very delicate." Local media outlets have been reporting that Johnny Laboriel has been hospitalized at the National Cancer Institute since August 10 and was discharged to spend his last days with his family.

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