Mexican Singer Juan Gabriel Dies At 66

The musical legend died unexpectedly of a heart attack, his family told a reporter in Mexico.

Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel died on Sunday of a heart attack, journalist Joaquín López-Dóriga said.

Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel died on Sunday of a heart attack, journalist Joaquín López-Dóriga said.

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Family told López-Dóriga that the musical legend died Sunday morning in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to NBC that the singer had died of natural causes.

Gabriel was in the midst of a US tour, called MeXXico Es Todo, and had been scheduled to perform Sunday night in El Paso. The venue told BuzzFeed News it would begin issuing refunds to fans on Monday.

His final show was Friday in Los Angeles, where he performed with a mariachi band, orchestra, and more than 20 dancers.

Born in Michoacán, Mexico as Alberto Aguilera Valadez, Gabriel was known for performing both traditional Mexican songs and pop music. His discography comprised of dozens of studio albums and live recordings dating back to the 1970s, and in 2009, he was honored as the Latin Recording Academy's person of the year.


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