Juan Gabriel Dead At 66: Bio, Songs, Albums, Awards Of Mexican Music Legend

Juan Gabriel Dead At 66: Bio, Songs, Albums, Awards Of Mexican Music Legend
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Iconic Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, known for his works in Latin music, died Sunday morning at the age of 66, at his home in Santa Monica, California. Gabriel reportedly suffered a heart attack.


On Friday, the singer had performed at The Forum in Los Angeles and was scheduled for a concert in El Paso, Texas on Sunday. Gabriel was also scheduled for 15 other tours through December this year.

Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, took to Twitter to offer condolences to the friends and family of the departed singer.

“We lament the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the biggest musical icons of our country. My condolences to his family and friends,” Nieto wrote as quoted by the CNN.

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He added, “A voice and a talent that represented Mexico. His music is a legacy to the world. He left us too soon. May he rest in peace.”

Juan Gabriel Bio

Born on January 7, 1950, Gabriel was not blessed with the happiest of circumstances in his childhood. His father died even before he was born and was sent to a boarding school when he was 5. He was 13 when he wrote his first song.

In 1971, he changed his name to Juan Gabriel from Alberto Aguilera Valadez and secured a contract with RCA Records. According to a report by the Latin Times, Gabriel recorded 15 albums over the next 15 years which catapulted him to stardom. Over this period he sold over 20 million albums and also made his acting debut in the film Nobleza Ranchera in 1975.

Juan Gabriel Songs

Juan Gabriel went on to become one of the most celebrated commercial singer-songwriter in the country, pursuing myriad of styles that included rancheras with mariachi, rock, disco, ballads and pop and managed to deliver back to back hits for himself as well for other leading Latin singers.

Juan Gabriel Albums

There are more than 60 albums on his website, the first of which is “El Alma Joven,” produced in 1971. Few of his major hits include “Querida,” “Porqué me haces llorar?” “El Noa Noa” and “Hasta que te conocí.”

Juan Gabriel Awards

The New York Times reported that he received six Grammy Awards nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He found a place in the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in the year 1996.


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