Famous country artist Bobby Flores has died
Bobby Flores, revered country artist, has died aged 61. According to a local Fox News affiliate in West Texas, the Western swing fiddler died last month after a battle with esophageal cancer. The outlet also noted that before his death, Flores’ family started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for medical care.
“For decades, Bobby Flores has blessed us with his friendship and musical genius, entertaining fans young and old all over the world. He has toured the country, taught hundreds of students, and helped to make the dreams of many young artists come true,” the family writes. “If you know him, you know he goes, goes, goes, accomplishing more in 24 hours than most people do in a week. More recently, Bobby had health issues that forced him to stop long enough to go to a doctor. Unfortunately, the news was not what he expected. Bobby was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer.
Western swing fans knew Bobby Flores was the real deal. Flores, who has performed with Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush, was equally at home playing fiddle for dancers in Abilene-area music halls.
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Sadly, on June 23, Flores’ family revealed that he had lost his battle with cancer. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write to inform you that Bobby was called home to be with our Lord at 12:18 p.m. this afternoon,” they wrote. “He was admitted to hospital last week after experiencing difficulty swallowing. We were expecting him to go home but unfortunately he got worse on Monday night and was placed in hospice.”
They continued: “Hope Hospice did an incredible job of making sure Bobby was comfortable. For the first time in a long time, Bobby slept soundly and comfortably, and passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family at his side. Arms of his family in the arms of Jesus – what more could you ask for?”
The statement then added: “The family will be holding a private funeral, but stay tuned for Celebration of Life details which we will send to you later. We look forward to celebrating Bobby’s extraordinary life with you. Please keep our family in your prayers. We ask for space as we process this incredible loss.
Flores was a beloved violin player who performed with artists such as Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush. According to Abilene Reporter-News, he was introduced to the instrument at an early age and very quickly became a sought-after performer. He had a long and illustrious career, even winning a Grammy in 2002 for performing on Freddy Fender’s album. The Musica of Baldemar Huerta. The outlet noted that he was also a member of the Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Fame.