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17 February 1995: Singer Rocío Jurado and bullfighter José Ortega Cano marry

The golden couple's happiness was cut tragically short.
The golden couple's happiness was cut tragically short. / SUR
  • A fairytale wedding for two of Spain's favourite celebrities

February 17th 1995 was a glorious day for gossip magazines and TV news channels in Spain because one of the nation's favourite singers, Rocío Jurado, married handsome bullfighter José Ortega Cano in a lavish ceremony at 'Dehesa Yerbabuena' in front of more than 1,600 guests and numerous members of the press.

This was the 48-year-old singer's second marriage. In May 1976 she tied the knot with boxer Pedro Carrasco, and they had a daughter, Rocío Carrasco. They divorced in July 1989.

Four years after their wedding, Rocío Jurado and José Ortega Cano adopted two Colombian children, who they named José Fernando and Gloria Camila Ortega Mohedano.

Rocío Jurado was born in the town of Chiclana, in Cadiz province, on 18 September 1946. Her father, Fernando Mohedano, was a shoemaker who performed flamenco in his spare time, and her mother was also musical.

Rocío's first performance was at the age of eight, when she took part in a school play. She went on to become a much-loved major celebrity, releasing over 30 albums and featuring in nearly a dozen films.

After their fairytale wedding, Rocío Jurado and José Ortega Cano became known as one of Spain's happiest celebrity couples, but that happiness was cut short when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004.

She underwent medical treatment in Houston, Texas, but by 2006 it was obvious that her health was failing fast. She died at her home, La Moraleja, in Alcobendas, Madrid, on June 1st that year, and was buried as she had requested in her home town of Chipiona, in the San José cemetery.

José Ortega Cano had been a successful bullfighter, who had survived being gored in the liver in 1987. He continued with his career for a while after his marriage to Rocío, but then decided to retire from bullfighting in 1998.

He made an attempted comeback in 2001, but went into retirement once again in 2004 to look after his wife during her illness. Since her death, he has only entered a bullring on one occasion, in Olivenza in 2007.

On 29 May 2011 José was involved in a very serious car accident on the A-8002 highway in Seville province; the driver of the other vehicle was killed, and he was seriously injured.

He remained in hospital for several weeks, and was later given a prison sentence of two years, six months and one day by a court in Seville for reckless homicide and reckless driving in connection with the car crash. He was said to have been three times overthe legal drink-driving limit and was driving at 125 kph in an area where the speed limit was 90 kph when he crashed head-on into the other car.