Tejano music legend and Brownsville icon Jimmy Gonzalez from the Grupo Mazz is in a Corpus Christi hospital for uncontrolled sugar and blood pressure problems, according to a family spokeswoman on Friday.
Gonzalez began feeling very ill Thursday and contacted Brownsville EMS services, family spokeswoman Cindy Garcia said Friday. Gonzalez was evaluated by the services and released by EMS.
"Since his doctor's are in Corpus, Jimmy left in his truck with the driver and his wife and was admitted to the hospital," Garcia said.
Doctors are attempting to control his blood pressure and his sugar levels, which have been fluctuating significantly, Garcia said.
"Jimmy says that he has to get better so he can be at the Latin Grammy's ( next week)," she said. "He wants to perform, but right now we don't know. We are asking for all of his fans to send his prayers for his prompt recovery."
Jimmy Gonzales and Grupo Mazz are nominated for their hit "Buscame en el Cielo" from their album "Incomparable."
Longtime friend U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz visited Gonzalez on Friday morning.
"Jimmy has touched many lives, not only in South Texas, but everywhere," Ortiz said. "We go way back, more than 26 years. This is a difficult time for him and his family, and I hope his fans send their support and prayers to him."
Ortiz said that when he first ran for office, Grupo Mazz was one of his first supporters.