Mexican composer CONSUELO VELAZQUEZ has died of respiratory problems in Mexico City. She was 88.

The songwriter, who composed the 40s hit BESAME MUCHO, had been in hospital since she suffered a fall in November (04).

The Ciudad Guzman-born star began her long career as a classical pianist, but went on to become a singer and composer.

Besame Mucho was a huge hit during the 40s, becoming a theme song for couples separated during World War II.

24/01/2005 13:56