According to Televisa coordinator and journalist Mara Patricia Castañeda, Mexican singer and songwriter, Juan Gabriel, has died at the age of 66.
Castañeda confirmed the death of the Mexican icon, also known as “El Divo de Juárez,” through a tweet Sunday morning.
The tweet says “It is with great sadness that I inform you all that Juan Gabriel #ElDivodeJuarez has passed away today, Sunday August 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Santa Monica, California.”
Con gran tristeza les informo que Juan Gabriel #ElDivodeJuarez falleció hoy domingo 28 de Agosto a las 11:30 de Sta Monica, California
— Mara P Castañeda (@MaraCastaneda) August 28, 2016
Mexican Journalist Joaquín López Dóriga also confirmed the singer’s death through Twitter saying, “URGENT: Juan Gabriel dead from a heart attack.”
URGENTE: Muere Juan Gabriel de un infarto— Joaquín López-Dóriga (@lopezdoriga) August 28, 2016
Juan Gabriel was born January 7, 1950 with the name Alberto Aguilera Valadez in the state of Michoacán, Mexico.
He grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua where he performed under the name of Adán Luna. After becoming a world-renowned artist, he was given the nickname “El Divo de Juárez.”
Juan Gabriel was scheduled to perform in El Paso, Texas on Sunday, August 28th at the Don Haskins Center.
The Don Haskins Center has announced that Sunday’s concert has been canceled and refunds will be available Monday, August 29th at 10 a.m.
Juan Gabriel’s concert has been cancelled. Refunds will be available starting Monday, August 29 at 10 AM at original point of purchase.— UTEP Special Events (@UTEP_OSE) August 28, 2016
Some of Juan Gabriel’s most famous songs include, Hasta Que Te Conocí, Querida, El Noa Noa, and Juárez Numero Uno.
Funeral arrangements are unknown at the moment.