Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez left hospital after spending three days under observation because of a pulmonary embolism, sources close to the artist told Efe.

At 3:00 p.m. Friday, the 73-year-old idol of ranchera music left hospital in the city of Guadalajara in the western state of Jalisco.

"The charro of Huentitan" emerged accompanied by his wife Maria del Refugio Abarca and their sons Gerardo and Vicente, and immediately left the area in an SUV and drove to their ranch.

"I'm feeling very peaceful and the doctors say I'm going to be fine, and that now I'm over the worst. So Vicente is going to be around for awhile. I thank the public and the media that have always been concerned about me. I know I'm going to be fine, but with all your prayers I'm going to be even better," the artist said in a communique released Friday night.

In the same communique, his son Vicente also gave thanks for the interest shown in the health of his father, who doctors say needs to rest for several days more.

The artist underwent an operation last November in Houston for cancer of the liver, which did not spread to other organs, and for which he must have periodic checkups. The artist also overcame prostate cancer several years ago.

Fernandez, considered the leading exponent of mariachi music in Mexico, announced in early 2012 his retirement from the stage to spend more time with his family and because he wanted to leave his fans with a good image, though he is still on his farewell tour. EFE