Juan Gabriel, the legendary Mexican singer-songwriter , has died suddenly at his home in California. He was 66.
Gabriel was Mexico’s leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist, with sales of more than 100m albums. His ballads about love and heartbreak and bouncy mariachi tunes became hymns throughout Latin America and Spain, as well as with Spanish speakers in the United States.
He brought many adoring fans to tears as they sang along to hits such as Hasta Que Te Conoci (Until I Met You) and Amor Eterno (Eternal Love). His hit Querida (Dear) topped Mexico’s charts for a whole year.
Juanes, the Colombian star who recorded Querida with Gabriel in 2015, told Billboard: “Juan Gabriel is our Elvis.”
A flamboyant performer, Juan Gabriel, whose real name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez, liked to wear jackets covered in sequins or dress in shiny silk outfits in hot pink, turquoise blue or canary yellow, and he was known for tossing his head before dancing or jumping around the stage. Read more