The superstar, whose real name was Alberto Aguilera, is survived by his four children, Jean, Hans, Ivan, and Joan, and his grandchildren.
One of his sons, Ivan Aguilera, said in a statement, “My father’s untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life.”
Juan Gabriel’s family said they would release further details about his death in the coming days, and asked for his fans and media to “to allow them this very brief window to mourn the loss of Juan
Three of his four children were adopted. His fourth child is the son of his lifelong friend, Laura Elena Salas.
Juan Gabriel lived a very private life, and was not married.
“I’m not married; I don’t ever plan to marry. I’m happy single,” Juan Gabriel said in his biography, according to the Associated Press. “I have many loves but the most important are: my mother, my children, my sister, my brothers, my nieces and nephews and my songs.”
Juan Gabriel’s death came just a day after a performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, according to Billboard. He was preparing to fly from Santa Monica, California, to the next stop on his tour, El Paso, Texas, when he had the heart attack, the music site reports.
In a review of Friday night’s concert, Billboard’s Griselda Flores called Juan Gabriel the “ultimate showman.”
Flores wrote, “Accompanied by a full mariachi band, an orchestra and a troupe of 20-plus dancers, the Mexican crooner serenaded his fans at The Forum for two hours straight. The high energy show kicked off in full force with a patriotic performance that screamed Mexican pride with follkloricos and breathtaking images of Mexico playing on the screens. Then, “El Divo de Juarez” appeared on the 360-stage wearing a black suit with a royal blue silk shirt underneath that matched the color of his mariachi.”
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