María del Rocío Trinidad Mohedano Jurado (Spanish pronunciation: roˈθi.o xuˈɾaðo, born 18 September 1944 - died 1 June 2006) was a Spanish singer and actress. She was born in Chipiona, Cádiz and nicknamed "La más grande" ("The Greatest").
She was once married to boxer Pedro Carrasco, with whom she had a daughter, Rocío Carrasco. Divorced, she married bullfighter José Ortega Cano, and they adopted two children, Gloria Camila Ortega Mohedano and José Fernando Ortega Mohedano.
Childhood and youth:
She was born to an artisanal family in 1944. Her father, Fernando Mohedano, was a shoemaker and flamenco singer in his spare time; her mother, Rosario Jurado, was a housewife and amateur performer of Spanish music.
At home, Rocío learned to love music; her first public performance was at the age of eight, in a work at Colegio La Divina Pastora. After her father's death, she helped the precarious family finances. She worked as a shoemaker and as a fruit picker, and still had time to show up to Radio Sevilla contests. She came to be known as the "The Girl of the Awards" after winning every radio-station contest she entered. A friend of her mother introduced her to teacher Manolo Caracol.
On 21 May 1976, she married boxer Pedro Carrasco. The couple had a daughter, Rocío Carrasco Mohedano. After their divorce in July 1989, and getting an annulment, Jurado married bullfighter José Ortega Cano on 17 February 1995 at "Dehesa Yerbabuena" with more than 1,600 guests. In late 1999, the couple adopted two children in Colombia, José Fernando, and Gloria Camila.
Illness and death:
In 2004, Jurado was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and treated in Houston, Texas. In April 2006, she was treated for acute liver failure in a hospital in Madrid. On 26 May 2006, Spain's Culture Minister Carmen Calvo announced that Jurado had suffered a stroke, an assertion denied by Jurado's personal physician as well as her own brother/manager, Amador Mohedano.
On 1 June 2006 she died, aged 61, at 5:15 a.m. at her home in La Moraleja Alcobendas, Madrid. Her body was taken to the Centro Cultural de la Villa in the Plaza de Colón in a Madrid chapel for a public viewing. Eventually her body was transferred to her native Chipiona, where it remains in the local cemetery of San José.
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