Earlier that month, Il Divo announced that several of its shows in the U.K. had been postponed due to illness. On Dec. 10, the group shared that “the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022.” 

According to his bio on Il Divo’s website, Marín was born in Rüsselsheim Germany in 1968 and was raised in Mörfelden-Walldorf before moving to Madrid, Spain at the age of 12. He released his first album, The Little Caruso, at age 8, the bio continued, and went on to study piano and solfège at The Superior Conservatory of Madrid. 

At age 19, the bio added, Marín won the TV contest Gente Joven and continued to sing in several other television programs and competitions. Over the course of his career, Marín performed in a number of operas, concerts and musicals and provided his voice for a few animated films.

Simon Cowell discovered Il Divo in 2003 and the group made its debut in 2004. According to the website, Il Divo, who received praise for the artists’ combinations of opera and pop, has sold more than 30 million records.

After news of Marín’s passing broke, Cowell took to Twitter to pay tribute to him. “I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now,” he wrote. “I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.”