Anthony Galindo Ibarra, a Venezuelan singer who was a member of the musical group Menudo, has passed away.
In a statement posted to his Instagram page over the weekend, Ibarra’s family shared the tragic news that Anthony died October 3 — just days after he attempted suicide on September 27.
“It is with deep pain that we want to inform you that today, Saturday, Oct. 3, at 3:43 in the afternoon, our dear Anthony Galindo has passed away after 6 days where the doctors did what was humanly possible to save his life,” the statement read via translation.
“We thank you for all the prayers and support in these difficult times for our family and for so many people who had the opportunity to meet him personally and as an artist.”
“As was his will, the family agreed to the request to donate his organs, so that in the moment he ceased to exist, he could help other people save their lives.”
“In the coming days, we will inform you of the details of the funeral home where we will be giving the last goodbyes together with all those who wish to say goodbye to our dear Anthony, who will forever leave a beautiful mark on our hearts,” it concluded.
People reports his age to be 41.
After Ibarra attempted suicide, his family said in an earlier social media post that the musician was in critical condition.
Ibarra’s family also said Anthony had suffered from depression and struggled with not being able to perform. Sadly, his poor mental health was “exacerbated by the pandemic and resulted in the trigger for this drastic and unfortunate decision.”
Last week, a GoFundMe page was set up by a relative of Ibarra to cover funeral expenses. As of this writing, it has raised over $15,000.
In 1995, Ibarra joined Menudo, whose famous alum also include Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa.
According to El Universal, Ibarra was the second Venezuelan singer to join the Latino boy band.
Ibarra had also worked as a model and as a television host.
He is survived by his wife Dayana Maya and daughter Elizabeth Michelle.
Our condolences go out his family and loved ones for their loss.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.