The death of Jorge Negrete was a watershed in the Golden era of Mexican cinema, but mainly for his loved ones, as it was Maria Felixwho did her best to be with him the minutes before her husband fell into eat Y passed away.
Months before Jorge Negrete’s health deteriorated to the point where he had to be hospitalized in an emergency, María Félix was offered one of the most ambitious projects she had ever had, to sign a contract in France to film several tapes in that country.
She, seeing Negrete already very weak, tried to postpone it, because she wanted take care of him until he managed to recover; nevertheless, he insisted that she leavebecause he was not willing to stay in bed and not to lock her up with him.
While Maria was working in France at the end of November, shooting the movie the Bella Oterothe Singing Charro accepted to act in a theater of The Angels, California, despite his poor health. It was while he was watching a boxing match that the singer broke one of his varicose veins that he had in his esophagus, causing a hemorrhage.
His companions quickly took him to the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital; he was admitted to room 506. During his lucid moments in the midst of his agony, he sent for his brother, to whom he instructed to not inform the lady about your health.
On November 23, the day on which the interpreter of I’m Mexican was going to debut at the Million Dollar theater, María Félix received a call from the Guanajuato resident to let her know that, despite what would appear in the news, he was fine and shouldn’t worry.
However, a few days later, on November 29, Negrete had a new bleeding that his condition worsened and the doctor who was treating him called him to inform him that possibly his husband I wouldn’t make it out of the hospital alive.
“What followed was very fast”wrote the protagonist of In love in her autobiographical book, because she had her assistants quickly find a way for her to get to Mexico as soon as possible. She left the shooting of the film and took the first plane that would take her to her destination, from Paris to New York, after her, another to LaGuardia and another to Los Angeles.
According to María, when she arrived at the hospital on December 4, found her husband in a comabecause the singer did not support the last hemorrhage.
the lady He told his beloved: “Black, here I am”and as if by a miracle, the Singing Charro opened his eyeswho were yellowishaccording to the histrionics.
the protagonist of Two types of care could not speak, but according to Maria, he saw her gratefully and closed his eyes again. She did not separate from him until he breathed his last, on December 5, 1953.
Felix thought of nothing but her recently deceased husband and the first thing he did was prepare for his return to Mexico and the funeral. Without giving it much thought, she took the first thing that she found in the suitcase that she was carrying; she put on some navy blue pantswhich for her did not matter, but it was a controversy when he got off the plane.
The press at the time reported that the actress had disrespected Negrete for not wearing a black dressbecause of her mourning, but she didn’t care, because she knew she hadn’t paid attention to what she was wearing.
Before the funeral, one of the things that the protagonist of The Rock of the Soulswas that he quarreled with Mario Moreno Cantinflaswho had previously been one of her closest friends, because she considered him guilty that her husband’s health had declined to the point of death.