According to MySA.com, the 76-year-old fell at his South Side home early Monday morning and underwent hip surgery Tuesday at Southwest General Hospital. The Tejano legend is said to be resting comfortably and in good spirits. He is bracing for months of physical therapy but expects to be released from the hospital in the next few days.
Jimenez had been slated to appear next week at South By Southwest in Austin with the Texas Tornados at the Doug Sahm tribute concert at Paramount Theatre.
Texas Tornados leader Shawn Sahm, son of the pioneering Tex-Mex band’s founder Doug Sahm, told MySA.com that the Tornados have postponed all of its spring and summer gigs.
“First and foremost our best wishes go out to Flaco, our compadre. We wish him a speedy recovery,” said Sahm, who conferred with Jimenez Friday morning about the band’s plans. “All tour dates will be postponed until further notice.”
However, the Texas Tornados will perform (most likely with a special guest accordionist) at South By Southwest’s much-anticipated Doug Sahm tribute concert at the Paramount Theatre on March 21. “That’s more an all-star cast to celebrate the life of Doug Sahm,” Sham added.