- Obituary Concha Velasco dies at 84
The actress Concha Velasco, protagonist of the contemporary history of Spain, died this Saturday at the age of 84 after "a complication in her illness" at the Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Majadahonda (Madrid). One of the most beloved and respected performers in our country, her health worsened drastically in the summer of 2021, which led her to retire definitively from the stage with a last performance at the Bretón de los Herreros Theatre in La Rioja on September 15 of that year. In March 2022, her sons Manuel and Paco Martínez decided to move her to a nursing home, before she was admitted to the hospital in December due to digestive, liver and arthritis problems and difficulties in administering medication.
Numerous personalities from the world of film and politics have wanted to pay tribute to the eternal ye-ye girl and show their support for her family and colleagues on social media.
One of the first to say goodbye was the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who shared a photo of the two holding hands through her X account. "We Spaniards have lost a great actress, singer, presenter... a great person who is loved and admired by all: Concha Velasco. Sick in her last years, she always kept her genius and humor intact," the politician shared.
The second vice-president and leader of Sumar, Yolanda Díaz, also dedicated some touching words to the artist: "She leaves us a very important part of the history of our cinema, our television and, ultimately, our lives. Concha Velasco, a brilliant woman, who always made our country better. A huge hug to his loved ones and colleagues."
The Film Academy, which awarded Velasco the Honorary Goya in 2013, wanted to remember some of his best works in the world of acting, including The Girls of the Red Cross, Torment or Beyond the Garden, for which he won the statuette.