Myths and legends surrounding Pedro Infante

The Mexican idol Pedro Infante, whose voice made people fall in love with him, is surrounded by countless myths. Get to know some of them.

Myths and legends surrounding Pedro Infante
Pedro infante Cruz, actor, elegantly dressed, portrait. Photo: INAH

Pedro Infante died on April 15, 1957, becoming a legend that, 65 years after his death, remains in people's memory. The Mexican idol, whose voice made people fall in love with him, is surrounded by countless myths related to his death, including the question of whether he died in the crash of his C-87 Liberator Express plane after leaving the airport in Mérida, Yucatán. And tells you what these legends are.

The main legends revolving around Pedro Infante have to do with the singer's death, which was linked to the tragedy with Blanca Estela Pavón. More than 60 years ago, the news of the actor's accident shocked his loyal fans, who mourned the Mexican idol, who was enchanted with his demeanor and voice.

Myths and legends about Pedro Infante

Although authorities announced that there were no survivors in the plane crash, which silenced the singer's voice, popular clamor found "irregularities" in the accident. One of them, and most important, is that the actor's body was completely burned. Given the high degree of calcination, Infante was only recognized by the gold bracelets he wore and by a medical badge he carried, a result of a previous plane crash.

Pedro Infante's career was over

To maintain hope for Pedro Infante, who, along with other celebrities, has had a tragic death, it is said that the "Nosotros los pobres" celebrity was indeed traveling in the plane, but did not die in the accident; however, the fire disfigured him. With his face burned, Pedro could not continue with his promising career as an actor and screen star, leaving tapes to be filmed, so he had to fake his death.

Pedro Infante was the victim of a kidnapping

The accident, in Mérida, Yucatán, where he had a house, which today is a hotel, with which Pedro Infante's death is determined, is the origin of many of the legends, one of them affirms that he did not get on the plane that would collapse before even leaving the state. This legend was fed, a few weeks ago, by a supposed grandson of Pedro, who said that his grandfather was beaten and kidnapped.

"Some people arrived in cars and told him, from this moment on you are no longer Pedro Infante. They took a person of his complexion and said 'take off your slave' and they put it on the other person and put him on the plane. They told him (Pedro Infante) 'from this moment on you are legally dead'. They took him away with blows, he was locked up in many places, such as Lecumberri, the Islas Marías".

Pedro's ghost

While some claim that Pedro Infante, who had a funeral attended by crowds, did not die in the accident, others believe that his spirit wanders in the recording studios of a record label. Witness to situations, which are not easy to explain, is Manuel Mijares, who once recalled, with Raúl Velasco, that paranormal things happened when he was recording an album, which, supposedly, are repeated in his house in Mérida.

"Things fell, things moved... A painting fell, a table, in a certain way we said, that's the way he is saying, well, yes I agree that this record should go ahead". - Manuel Mijares

The singer of "Soldado del Amor" recorded in the same studio and with some of the same equipment that Pedro Infante used to use.

He was the father of many children

Another myth that was created around Pedro Infante was the paternity of dozens of men and women who claimed to be descendants of the actor. However, the singer only recognized a few of them. To this day, several men and women claim to be the singer's grandchildren. True or not, Pedro Infante left a mark on the world of show business, music, the seventh art, and, undoubtedly, on the public that, generation after generation, remembers him with the songs and movies that made him hits.