Juan Gabriel Famed Mexican Musician, Has Died
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:10:30
Juan Gabriel has died at the age of 66. Over his five decade career, Gabriel became Mexico's biggest selling artist of all time. Rolling Stone reports, he "died of natural causes Sunday morning at his home in Santa Monica, a day after the Mexican singer performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California."
The singer's family released a statement saying, "Alberto Aguilera Valadez "Juan Gabriel" passed away suddenly earlier today as has been widely reported. Juan Gabriel was a giant in the music industry and is as popular now as ever. As importantly, Juan Gabriel was a beloved father and grandfather. He is survived by his sons and grandchildren.
"Juan Gabriel's son Ivan Aguilera stated, "My father's untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life."
"The family will release further details regarding Juan Gabriel's passing in the coming days. In the meantime, the family respectfully asks Juan Gabriel's fans and the worldwide media to allow them this very brief window to mourn the loss of Juan Gabriel," reported Business Wire.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on his official Twitter, "I regret the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the great musical icons of our country. My condolences to his family and friends." Then added, "A voice and talent that represents Mexico. His music is a legacy to the world. He's gone too soon. May he rest in peace."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff