Monday, August 28 marked one year since the passing of the beloved Mexican singer Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known as Juan Gabriel. The music legend died of a heart attack at the age of 66 at his home in Santa Monica.
Juan died on August 28, 2016 Photo: C Flanigan/FilmMagic
At the time of his death, former President Barack Obama expressed his condolences via a statement on Twitter. He tweeted, “For over forty years, Juan Gabriel brought his beloved Mexican music to millions, transcending borders and generations. To so many Mexican-Americans, Mexicans and people all over the world, his music sounds like home.”
Barack added, “With his romantic lyrics, passionate performances and signature style, Juan Gabriel captivated audiences and inspired countless young musicians. He was one of the greats of Latin music--and his spirit will live on in his enduring songs, and in the hearts of the fans who love him.”
Over the course of his career, Juan Gabriel collaborated with a number of artists including Marc Anthony. Hours after the news of the singer’s passing, Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband broke down in tears while performing Juan’s song Abrázame Muy Fuerte during his concert at Radio City Music Hall.
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Following Juan’s death, Marc penned a moving tribute in honor of the late performer. "Today the world of Latin music has lost a giant, an icon, and a legend that marked my life forever. He is responsible that my career took the route that it did from the very first day," Marc wrote in Spanish. "I am enormously saddened by the loss of one of my heroes. A life bigger than life itself dimmed today, but your music and legacy will stay with us forever. Rest in peace, my light."
WATCH MARC PERFORM GABRIEL'S SONG BELOW