On October 14, 2006, Freddy Fender died at his home in Corpus Christi, Texas, with his family at his bedside. His death came after a long battle with lung cancer. Fender was 69.
A month before his death, the Grammy-winning musician revealed that he was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Fender was to have surgery following a fungal infection where his lung’s upper left lobe had to be removed. However, surgeons discovered two large tumors instead.
He then underwent chemotherapy which was eventually stopped due to its side effects. Unfortunately, a scan later found nine more tumors. Fender decided to continue his chemotherapy at a lower dosage. “I cannot complain that I haven’t lived long enough, but I’d like to live longer,” Fender said.