The Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame saxophonist died suddenly, according to social media posts by family and friends.
“Dear friends and family, this morning I woke up to the devastating news that my dearly loved brother Fred Soto passed away,” Soto’s sister Rosie Soto Flores posted on Facebook. “Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace. He is reunited in Heaven with our dear parents.”
No other details were mentioned about Soto’s sudden passing.
Soto’s career spanned almost 5 decades as he performed with many of the greatest bands in Tejano music, and was most recently a member of Big Band Tejano. The three-time Grammy Award nominee started playing professionally at the age of 12 with bands, from Tejano to R&B, in his hometown of Gonzales, Texas.
Memorial services for Soto are scheduled for Saturday, December 23. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 417 N College St. in Gonzales. The rosary will follow at 2 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. with Reverend Paul Raaz officiating. Interment will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery.