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Mexican singer Lila Downs’ husband, musician Paul Cohen, dies

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Musician Paul Cohen dies, Lila Downs, saxophonist, Mexican
Musician Paul Cohen dies (Photo: Mezcalent)
  • Musician Paul Cohen dies.
  • He was married to Mexican singer Lila Downs.
  • His cause of death is unknown.

Paul Cohen, saxophonist and husband of Mexican singer Lila Downs, died on Wednesday night in Oaxaca.

So far, his cause of death is unknown. It was confirmed on social media by fan account Una Sangre.

This news has caused sadness, not only in Mexico but also in the United States and other parts of the world, since the artist was well-known globally.

He was 69 years old, according to Uno.

Paul Cohen dies

Lila Downs, Mexican-American, singer, artist, Vive Latino Zaragoza
Photo: Mezcalent

On Thursday morning, Lila Downs confirmed what everyone already knew on her official Twitter account.

She tweeted: «There will be a time to say the last farewell to Paul, but for the moment it will be private.”

She continued, “Paul, always shone. We appreciate the expressions of affection at this time.»

«We know that there are many people who want to join us, but as you know, for Covid reasons we will have to follow a protocol to protect us all and not get infected.»

Who was Paul Cohen?

Lila Downs, Mexican-American, singer, artist, Vive Latino Zaragoza
Photo: Juan Carlos Rojas/Mexcalent

Paul Cohen was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey.

He had loved music since childhood, and he built a successful career in the industry with his wife Lila Downs.

When Cohen arrived in Mexico 28 years ago, he came to Oaxaca for street theater. At that time he fell in love with it and years later he returned.

That’s when he met Lila Downs in a trova group, they married and had two children, Vanessa and Benito.

Building a life together

Musician, Paul Cohen dies, concert, Spain
Photo: Juan Carlos Rojas/ Mezcalent

Such was the love and admiration they had for each other, both as a couple and as professionals.

Lila’s first single, Ofrenda, was produced together with her husband and since then the saxophonist accompanied Lila in her career, both in recordings and live shows.

Eugenia León said the following: «Dear Lila, There are no words to comfort the pain you are going through. Paul Cohen it was a unique being that surrounded you with true love and that is a blessing. I send my condolences to you, to Benito, to Vanessa, to Doña Anita, and my sweetest hug.»

With information from Paco Zea and Milenio.

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