Mexican Legend, Juan Gabriel, Dies At 66

Juan Gabriel

Ortiz said he and his family have been longtime fans of the renowned Mexican singer who died earlier Sunday in California at age 66.

Broken-hearted fans from all over the world are dedicating words of gratitude for the deceased star, who passed at his Santa Monica house in California, preliminary information from Selena Barros a spokeswoman from Los Angeles County, states the singer died of natural causes.

Gabriel's hits included "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You"), "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love") and "Querida" ("Dear"). "Juan Gabriel hasn't died, as Alberto would say, 'As long as someone exists who sings my songs, Juan Gabriel will live'".

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is one of the many public figures, also including President Obama, who have expressed their condolences upon hearing of Gabriel's death this past Sunday. As he readied to go to the airport to fly to El Paso, Texas, the next stop on his tour, he suffered a massive heart attack. As a child, Gabriel spent eight years in a Mexican orphanage and began writing music as a teen.

Alberto Aguilera Valadez (the artist's legal name) led an illustrious career that spanned a period of about 45 years (1971 to 2016) during which he reportedly sold more than 100 million albums.

While many sources report that Gabriel's net worth hovers around $30 million, this numerical figure may be questioned due to commonly known information about his career and also due to the achievements the artist reached during his lifetime.

Gabriel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "His music, a legacy for the world".

"I am grateful to him, more than anything else, for his songs", Hurtado said.

"He gave off happiness, he gave off love, and he was pure joy to be around", said a crying fan, roses in her hand as she stood next to his plaque. Scores of his fans and other Latin American leaders visited the Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City to light candles and pay tributes to their icon.

He never married, but Juan Gabriel did have four children.

"Songs are living things", Juan Gabriel once told the Miami Herald.

Although his former personal secretary, Joaquin Munoz, described their homosexual relationship in a book, "Juan Gabriel and I", the singer neither acknowledged nor denied being gay.

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