Hispanic Elvis’ family shares update on San Antonio icon’s condition

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

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San Antonians can now pitch in to help local icon Hispanic Elvis. The beloved personality, who has dressed up as The King of Rock and Roll for decades, was hospitalized on Monday, January 10. His family shared an update with MySA on Friday, January 21. 

George Cisneros, the youngest brother of Hispanic Elvis, launched a GoFundMe online fundraiser on Thursday, January 20, to rally donations for medical expenses and aftercare once his brother is released from the hospital. Cisneros told MySA that his 76-year-old brother was “very sick” with an infection in his esophagus and also tested positive for COVID-19. 

Cisneros reaffirmed the diagnosis in the online description. 

“My brother is very private, he doesn’t like anyone to know anything and he’s always been that way,” he told MySA days after his brother was admitted. He also said Hispanic Elvis does not own a cell phone and only contacts the family through pay phones or borrowed phones. 

So far $230 of the $1,000 GoFundMe goal has been raised as of this write. 

Virginia Vasquez, another family member, says her uncle was taken off oxygen and is able to talk more. She says he’s slowly getting back to his “feisty” self. A date has not been set for when San Antonio’s King of Market Square will be discharged, but it’s being discussed, Vasquez says.