Mexican singer Juan Gabriel died at 66. Young and vibrant personality, his death shocked the nation, many thinking his time should not be up yet.
Following the quick spread of rumors in the social media, reports are saying that Juan Gabriel’s cause of death was apparently because of natural causes. The 66-year-old singer died in his home in Santa Monica.
Authorities received a call for an investigation at 11:40 am. Sunday, but they are yet to confirmed Juan Gabriel’s cause of death as of press time.
“Lamento la muerte de Juan Gabriel, uno de los grandes íconos musicales de nuestro país. Mis condolencias a sus familiares y amigos,” he said. “Una voz y un talento que representaban a México. Su música, un legado para el mundo. Se ha ido muy pronto. Que descanse en Paz.”
Juan Gabriel, real name Alberto Aquilera Valadez, had his final performance at The Forum in Los Angeles last Friday, CBS News said in a report.
Juan Gabriel was best known for his love and heartbreak songs which became popular in Latin America, Spain, and Unitied States.
The Mexican crooner is also known for his trademark jackets designed with shiny silk and sequins.
Juan Gabriel is considered as Mexico’s leading singer and songwriter. He has been nominated in the Grammys six times, and was tagged at Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
In one of his interviews, Juan Gabriel said that the songs that he writes came from his heart.
“There are no rules when I compose songs,” he said. “There are times when I’m really happy and I write something really sad, and vice versa.”
In 1995, Juan Gabriel was awarded as the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year in 2009, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame also in 2009.
Juan Gabriel did not marry nor had children.