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When the clock stopped

What an omen he had said in his poem Informality: “I have no notion of time / My heart is a clock / that from meditating on the hours has fallen behind / Every minute he ponders / every second he contemplates / and with that notion of time to no one part is arrived/ I always arrive everywhere/ an hour later/ or an hour before (…) I have no notion of time/ that is why I often think/ that when I die, I will die/ after the day of my death.”

The minstrel died. He had suffered exile in the land of Pedro Infante. He experienced ostracism when Adolfo Ruiz Cortines was in the first magistracy of the northern country, a progressive Veracruz native who had a benevolent attitude toward expatriates.

It was time for combat boots everywhere. The exiled bard of the nation of usurped freedoms died. He died as a defender of the intelligent and humorous word, an apologist for democracy in times when that meant losing one's very existence. He had already suffered prison, torture and banning.

It was in the middle of Mexico City. The author of The Grapes of Time, who lived in Cuernavaca, went to the capital to evaluate his health, in addition to meeting with his traveling companions, with companions from the former revolutionary party, Democratic Action, regarding another year of the assassination. of the brave Alberto Carnevali. He was the speaker at the event for the exiles.

His decision not to return home but to visit his relative, the doctor Rafael José Neri, changed his destiny.

The clock showed around nine at night when the Buick car driven by Leopoldo Díaz Gil was hit by a large Cadillac, piloted by a negligent and deadly subject named Héctor Ponce López, an employee of Churubusco studios.

He was presumably drunk, which rules out the idea of ​​a death commissioned by the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez.

The vehicle carrying the rhapsode lost control and collided with a tree. Once the door was open, the ballad, like an arrow towards horror, was thrown.

His head crashed against the sidewalk and the rest was pain, agony and soon the end. The crash was on Xola and Mier y Pesado avenues. He was accompanied by Angelina Iturbe, Cecilia Olavarría, Félix and María Cabello de Gil. In the accident, some came out unharmed, others with somewhat serious bruises. The vate's wife, Angelina, had to undergo surgery: she had cosmetic surgery.

An ambulance from the Green Cross from Emergency Post 2 transported the injured to its facilities, on Cuauhtémoc Avenue and Obrero Mundial, where Dr. Neri himself operated on the troubadour, to try to stop the bleeding. It was useless.

He succumbed at half past four on the morning of May 21, 1955. Experts certified that the lyricist's light went out at the age of 58 due to a heart attack and skull fractures.

The man from Cumana was laid to rest at the Gayosso Agency. Covering the coffin with the national tricolor, his funeral was an international event. The funeral home was packed with people of all nationalities, political currents and social classes.

From the great León Felipe to General Lázaro Cárdenas they punctually said goodbye to Andrés Eloy Blanco, who was known as “The People's Poet.”

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