When fans attended Juan Gabriel’s sold out concert in Los Angeles on Friday (Aug. 26), they weren’t under the impression that it would be his last. In fact, the music icon was gearing up to grace the stage yet again in Texas as part of his MeXXIco Es Todo Tour before news of his death circled the web.
Gabriel, 66, reportedly suffered a heart attack in Santa Monica at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 28), hours before his set in the predominantly Hispanic city of El Paso. The acclaimed singer-songwriter passed away before his life story took center on Telemundo’s newest series Hasta Que Te Conoci, duly named after his classic ballad.
Throughout his 45-year career, the “Divo de Juárez” has sold over 100 million records including mega hits “Así Fue,” “Querida” and “Yo Te Recuerdo.” To say that the Latino community has lost a king is an understatement as many have flocked to social media to pay their respects to the late legend.
— unconcerned (@elmoreno_x) August 29, 2016
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) August 29, 2016
#JuanGabriel My family and I had tickets to go see him this October. So sad to hear this,I’ve always idolized him since I was little. Rip 🙏🏽
— Annakari Guerrero (@KariiGuerrero1) August 28, 2016
— Viviem Rivero (@ViviemRivero) August 29, 2016
My mother blasted the beautiful music of #JuanGabriel throughout our home as we grew up. Saddened by this loss. Truly a legend. ??
— Andrew De Leon (@AndrewLeoDeLeon) August 29, 2016
In honor of #JuanGabriel, I am going to blast his music all week and clean, just like me n my mom did every single weekend during my youth!
— purplemiami (@purplemiami) August 29, 2016
My 5 month old daughter smiles when I sing her #JuanGabriel songs. His legacy still lives on.
— Aaron E Sanchez (@1stworldchicano) August 29, 2016
The majority of us are mourning in English. Loving and remembering in two languages. #JuanGabriel
— Patty Rodriguez™ (@pattyrodriguez) August 29, 2016
His music is such a part of my youth that remembering all the times my family cried to his music is now making ME cry. #JuanGabriel
— Omar Ponce (@TheOmarPonce) August 28, 2016
— e. garcía naranjo (@yungvat0) August 29, 2016