Brother of ‘Hispanic Elvis’ speaks out as beloved San Antonio icon is hospitalized and ‘very sick’

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio icon acknowledged solely as Hispanic Elvis has been hospitalized and stays in extreme state of affairs, his brother confirmed to KSAT on Wednesday morning.

George Cisneros tells KSAT his brother has “an an infection in his esophagus” and says he was instructed on Monday that his brother was “very sick.” Cisneros said he was moreover instructed by docs that his brother examined constructive for COVID-19 so he has been unable to go to him on the hospital over the earlier two days.

Information of Hispanic Elvis’s state of affairs surfaced this week on social media with dozens of people sharing footage, tales, prayers and recollections of the one that has entertained crowds at Market Sq. for higher than 20 years.

Cisneros said his brother is “very personal,” nevertheless he and his family “recognize all of the assist” and the prayers he’s obtained over the earlier two days. “I do know rather a lot of folks love him,” said Cisneros.

He added that he wanted to thank the Cortez family for allowing his brother to be inside Mi Tierra all these years and thanked the home house owners of a close-by michelada stand for allowing Hispanic Elvis to hold out and meet friends of their area.


(Picture of “Hispanic Elvis” at Mi Tierra provided by Texas Eats host David Elder.)

Hispanic Elvis, 76, was born and raised on city’s West Facet. Cisneros said they grew up in a small house behind the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Heart.

Whereas many people are acutely aware of his current persona as Hispanic Elvis, Cisneros said his brother carried out guitar in a band inside the Nineteen Sixties, performing at historic venues like Patio Andaluz near downtown.

Cisneros said his brother always had a penchant for carrying good garments and would buy his clothes at Penner’s. He said that his brother favored the way in which through which Elvis dressed, nevertheless was “extra of James Brown fan,” noting he would mimic Brown’s dance strikes all through performances.

(Picture of “Hispanic Elvis” at Mi Tierra provided by Texas Eats host David Elder.)

Earlier than he spent the majority of his time at Market Sq., Cisneros said Hispanic Elvis started his highway performances inside the entrance of the Alamo and want to pose as a mannequin in entrance of Ripley’s Museum to have pleasurable with friends.

In September, local artist Colton Valentine paid tribute to Hispanic Elvis by painting a mural of the individual on San Pedro Avenue. The mural reveals Hispanic Elvis driving his bicycle, a typical sight near downtown and the West Facet, alongside together with his do-it-yourself guitar, sunglasses and flashy apparel. “I’m so grateful to the artist who drew that mural,” Cisneros said.


Hispanic Elvis doesn’t have a cellular telephone and Cisneros said he “was old fashioned like that.” And regardless of many alternate options to cash in on his recognition, Cisneros said his brother turned down a quantity of presents to star in commercials, saying his brother lives by his private tips.

“My brother is residing his dream, he didn’t need to make commercials or be extra well-known,” Cisneros said. “He simply desires to entertain folks.”

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We moreover talked about the social media tributes and the have an effect on “Hispanic Elvis” has had on San Antonio residents on this morning’s KSAT Information Now. Watch Wednesday’s current proper right here.

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