Juan Gabriel, Beloved Mexican Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 66
Prolific Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel has died today (August 28) at the age of 66.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed the news with a statement on Twitter: "I regret the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the great musical icons of our country. My condolences to his family and friends."
"A voice and a talent that represented Mexico. His music, a legacy for the world...rest in peace," he added.
According to the Latin Times, journalist Joaquín López-Dóriga confirmed that the celebrated Mexican icon died in his Santa Monica home due to a heart attack. He was due to perform in El Paso this evening.
The six-time Grammy nominee sold over 30 million copies of his albums according to AllMusic, and was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He released dozens of albums, collaborations and singles in his incredibly long career, including songs like "Querida," "¿Por Que Me Haces Llorar?" "El Noa Noa," "Dejame Vivir," "Hasta Que Te Conoci" and "Amor Eterno." His first album, El Alma Joven..., was released in 1971.
On August 12 of this year, Gabriel released his final album, Vestido De Etiqueta Por Eduardo Magallanes.
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