Concha Velasco dies at 84

Concha Velasco dies at 84

The actress Concha Velasco died this Saturday at the age of 84 at the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Majadahonda (Madrid), as confirmed by her sons, Manuel and Paco Martínez.

"We regret to inform that our mother, Concha Velasco, died today, Saturday the 2nd at 02:00 at the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Majadahonda, having received the Holy Sacraments, as a result of a complication in her illness," the family explained. in a statement sent to the media.

Madrid, one of three million: Concha Velasco

After many years on stage, Concha Velasco retired from the stage at the Reina Victoria theater with the play La Cámara de María, written by her son Manuel Martínez Velasco. Behind her she has a legacy with more than 140 awards, such as the Goya of Honor or the Madrid Gold Medal.

The artist's burning chapel will be installed today at the La Latina theater in Madrid starting at 1:30 p.m. today.

"We have nothing but words of gratitude for the hospital staff, and the staff at the Santa Matilde and Orpea Punta Galea residences who have taken such good care of her in these difficult times. We are fortunate to have enjoyed the best mother in the world and for receiving the affection of so many Spaniards who love and admire her. Thank you all," added her children, who also ask for a prayer for the eternal repose of their mother's soul.

In the summer of 2021, the artist's health deteriorated drastically and her children decided in March 2022 to move her to a residence. In December of that year she had to be admitted to the hospital, with digestive system, liver and arthritis problems.

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Biography

Concepción Velasco Varona, born in Valladolid in 1939, had lymphoma in 2014 that kept her away from the stage for months and her return was conditional on medical surveillance and rest that she herself admitted she was unable to follow.

On September 15, 2021, at the age of 81, he permanently retired from the stage with one last performance at the Teatro Bretón de los Herreros in La Rioja.

The eternal 'girl ye ye' has been one of the most popular and beloved artists in Spain, with a career that began very young, at a time when she was known as Conchita, marked by films such as "The Day of Lovers" (1958), "Historias de television" (1965) or "Those who have to serve" (1967).

The video of a young Concha Velasco with her mother that almost made the actress cry

Velasco dedicated a lot of time to theater, with works such as "Filomena Marturano" (1979), "I'll get off next time, what about you?" (1981) "Mom I want to be an artist" (1986), "Carmen, Carmen" (1988), "La truhana" (1992), "The Friday Apples (1999), "Hello, Dolly!" (2001), "Inés unbuttoned" (2003) or "Hécuba " (2013).

And among his dramatic roles, the one of "Teresa of Jesus" in the 1983 series, or those of "Torment" (1974), "Pop, pamp, pum... fire!" (1975), "Esquilache" (1989), "Beyond the garden" (1996).

Was awarded the Goya Honor Award in 2012the Max de Honor in 2019, the Valle Inclán for best actress for "Hécuba" in 2015, the Ondas for best actress for "Gran Hotel" in 2012 or the Seminci Golden Spike for "The Witching Hour" in 1985