De Lucia was playing with his children on a beach in Cancun, when he got ill, according to the spokesman of his hometown in Algeciras, Spain. Then he was taken to a hospital where he died Tuesday night in Mexico.
Miguel Nunez, spokesman of Algeciras, said that the preliminary cause of his death was a heart attack.
Paco de Lucia, throughout his long career, injected to flamenco rhythms like jazz, “bossa nova” and even classical music. I is also attributed to him the transition of the popular art of flamenco in a more vibrant and modern sound.
Born in Algeciras, south of Spain, on December 21st, 1947, De Lucia was one of the most recognized guitarists of the artistic world.