Juan Gabriel Dies At 66
August 29, 2016 at 4:01 AM (PT)
Superstar Mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL died SUNDAY (8/28) of a heart attack in SANTA MONICA, CA. He was 66 and performed FRIDAY night before a sellout crowd at THE FORUM in INGLEWOOD, CA as part of his "MéXXico ES TODO" tour that was to take him to EL PASO SUNDAY night and several more cities, including NEW YORK, LAS VEGAS, CHICAGO, MIAMI, HOUSTON, and ATLANTA, in the coming months.
Born ALBERTO AGUILERA VALADEZ in PARÁCUARO, MICHOACÁN in 1950, GABRIEL signed to RCA in 1971 and became an international star, selling millions of albums and playing major arenas. He also worked as a songwriter, producer, and arranger for many of the leading artists in Spanish-language music. In JANUARY, GABRIEL held the top three slots on BILLBOARD's Top Latin Albums chart, the first time a living act has has all three of the top positions in that chart's history.
Mexican President ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO tweeted his condolences SUNDAY afternoon:
Lamento la muerte de Juan Gabriel, uno de los grandes íconos musicales de nuestro país. Mis condolencias a sus familiares y amigos.— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 28, 2016
And JOHN FOGERTY, whose music GABRIEL recently covered, issued a statement saying, "My heart is heavy and very sad today for JUAN GABRIEL has passed away. JUAN is a legend in the world of Latin Music and someone that I truly admire. He has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful songs and recently had recorded a wonderful version of my song 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain' that I love very much. We had talked about performing this song together and I was looking forward to a new friendship with this amazingly talented man.
"May God Bless you, JUAN."