Impersonating Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel

El Paso News

The man who’s been impersonating Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel for over 30 years says he’s devastated by Juan Gabriel’s death.

 “La J.G. de Juarez.,” also known as Hugo Cortes says the death of Juan Gabriel is a hard loss to take in but he feels honored to have known him.

“Juan Gabriel on stage was Juan Gabriel, but Alberto Aguilera Valadez outside of the stage was something entirely different. He had the capacity to transform himself entirely,” Cortes says.

The Mexican artist was born as Alberto Aguilera Valadez, but took the stage name of Juan Gabriel. Cortes says meeting and getting to know Juan Gabriel as a friend and performer was one of best things to happen to him. Cortes and his wife say it’s because of Juan Gabriel that they have a successful career in showbiz.

“It’s really sad for us because we are able to live thanks to him. he’s done a lot to help us move forward in life,” says Lily Cortes.

While Juan Gabriel composed many famous songs, some of his most notable are those that recognized the Borderland.”For not being born here, in Juarez, he took it as his own– the border which is El Paso, Texas.. he had a lot of friends in El Paso,” Cortes says.

As many continue to mourn the death of “El Divo de Juarez,” Cortes says we’ll continue paying tribute to him through his performances. Cortes says that he and his wife plan on having a tribute show for Juan Gabriel on Wednesday at Coco Bar. For more information:

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