HOUSTON – Houston singer and songwriter Norma Zenteno passed away Friday evening from complications stemming from her treatment for breast cancer, according to her family.
“We are heartbroken to report that Norma Zenteno passed away tonight,” her family said in a statement posted on Zenteno’s page. “She was surrounded by her family: her husband, her mother, her brothers and her children. We have no words to express our sorrow at this time.”
Zenteno had shown signs of improvement Friday morning, according to her family. They said she was “fighting like a rock star.”
She was in critical condition this week after her kidneys shut down and was in the intensive care unit at a Houston-area hospital.
Zenteno began singing and writing songs when she was a young girl after her father gave her an electric guitar.
Her father, Roberto Zenteno, led big bands in Houston for more than 50 years before his death in 2004.
The popular Norma Zenteno Band, which includes her brothers Javier, Bobby and Ernie, has been a regular on the Houston music scene for decades. Their mix of jazz, Latin and rock draws eclectic crowds.
They have a regular Thursday night gig at Sambuca’s in downtown Houston.
A tribute is scheduled at SRO Sports Bar & Grill on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m.