• Jose Ariel Camacho Barraza was a Mexican singer-songwriter who sang Regional Mexican music; he was the frontman of the band Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho.
• He died in a car crash in 2015 at the age of 2•
• He was raised in Guamuchil and attended a local middle and high school, becoming interested in singing and other activities like soccer, drama and modelling.
• He formed the band in 2013 and released several albums, topping the Regional Mexican Airplay and Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart.
• He was active on Instagram and had a Twitter account, and he was also a fan of Hollywood movies, animals and travelling.
Who was Ariel Camacho?
Jose Ariel Camacho Barraza was born in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, on 8 July 1992 – his zodiac sign was Cancer, and he held Mexican nationality. He was a singer-songwriter who sang songs in the Regional Mexican genre, and was mostly popular for having been the frontman of the band Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho.
How did he die?
Ariel performed at the music festival Carnaval de Mocorito in Angostura, Sinaloa, and on 25 February 2015 he was returning from it, travelling with four other people in a 2004 Honda Accord car.
Ariel was driving, and at one point lost control; it was two o’clock in the morning when he crashed the car, and died instantly. Two other people in the car died, while the other two were injured.
Because of the condition in which Ariel’s body was found, the police weren’t able to find out if he were intoxicated, but it was reported that he was driving very fast; Ariel was only 22 years old when he died.
Early life and education
Ariel was raised in Guamuchil alongside his sister Kenia Camacho, by their parents Reynalda Barza and Benito Camacho; not a lot is known about his parents, as Ariel respected their privacy, and kept them away from media.
He had become interested in singing at a very early age, and was 12 when he performed for the first time, in Angostura. He met the guitarist and vocalist César Iván Sánchez while attending a local middle school, and the two would later start performing together. Ariel became interested in various other activities upon enrolling at a local high school, as he played soccer, acted with the school’s drama club, and was also into modelling.
Upon matriculating in 2010, he chose not to pursue a college degree, but to focus on his career as a musician.
Career as a musician
Ariel and César began performing together upon matriculating, and Ariel then met the tuba player Omar Burgos, and invited him to join them.
The trio performed for the first time in Tijuana, in front of close to 50,000 people, and Ariel was then nicknamed ‘Rey del Requinto’, because he was great at playing the guitar with 12 strings, an instrument known as the requinto.
It was in 2013 that Ariel formed their band Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, and in the following year, they signed a contract with DEL Records. They released their debut Album “El Karma” on 23 September 2014, which topped the Regional Mexican Airplay Chart, and peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart; it was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
They continued performing without Ariel after his death, and their second album “Hablemos” was released on 6 November 2015, and once again topped the Regional Mexican Airplay Chart, and peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart. In 2016, the band left DEL Records after they got into a fight with the owner.
On 4 March 2016, their third album was released, entitled “Recuerden Mi Estilo”, topping both charts. On 24 February 2017, the boys released their fourth album “Ariel Camacho Para Siempre”, placing #1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay Chart, and #6 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart.
On 14 April 2017, their album “La Suerte” came out, and most recently, on 19 April 2019, the boys released their sixth album “En Vivo con Banda Sinaloense La Tuyia de Culiacán, Sinaloa”.
Ariel was highly active on Instagram, and his account still remains open today, over six years after his death. It’s followed by more than 850,000 people, and there are over 1,000 pictures uploaded onto it.
His fans launched him a Twitter account in January 2016, and it’s today followed by over 3,000 people, and numbers over 200 tweets, most paying respect to Ariel.
There’s also a Facebook page of the band Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho, which is followed by more than 3.2 million people; its most recent update was on 26 February 2021.
Love life and relationships
Ariel was highly secretive when it came to talking about his love life, and didn’t mention any men or women whom he had perhaps been with. However, it’s widely believed that he was in a relationship with a girl at the time of his death, and that she was also in the car when they crashed; she was one of the two people who survived, but it hasn’t been confirmed that the two were indeed in a relationship.
There are also those who believe that Ariel was gay, and that this was the reason behind him keeping details of his love life to himself.
There were a couple of fans who had claimed to have seen Ariel kissing his male friend, who could perhaps had been his boyfriend, but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor had Ariel commented on this.
It’s said that Ariel was in a relationship at the time of his death, he wasn’t married, and didn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Ariel loved to travel, and his career as a musician had made it possible for him to visit various US states; he apparently didn’t travel to Europe, but wanted to visit London in England.
He was a lover of animals, and had two pet dogs.
Ariel enjoyed listening to other Regional Mexican musicians, such as Christian Nodal, Juan Gabriel and Gerardo Ortiz.
He was a huge fan of Hollywood movies, and his favorite actors and actresses were Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of his favorite movies were “Scent of a Woman”, the trilogy “The Godfather” and “Fight Club”.
Age, height and net worth
Ariel was 22 years old at the time of his death. He had short black hair and brown eyes, his height was 5ft 6ins (1.67m) and he weighed around 140lbs (64kgs).
At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated at over $600,000.