Sunday, 19 September 2010

Spanish singer , songwriter , politician and poet José Antonio Labordeta , a lifelong defender of democracy died on Sunday of cancer at the age of 75 .

Labordeta died in hospital in Zaragoza after battling against cancer for four years.

Born in 1935 , Labordeta graduated from Zaragoza University and became a teacher , although he was also devoted to literature , music and politics.

He founded the newspaper called "Andalán" , which was quite popular during the 70s. But he became really popular as the host of a TV series "Un país en la mochila" , in which he explored some of Spain´s most picturesque rural areas.

From 2000-2008 he represented Zaragoza in the Spanish Congress for Chunta Aragonesista. He is survived by his wife and 3 daughters.

His songs are anthems , not only in Aragón but also all over Spain.