Fans of Mexican music are in mourning this week after Juan Gabriel, a prolific singer and songwriter who was one of the country’s most successful musicians, died at his home on Sunday. He was 66 years-old.
According to The New York Times, Gabriel’s publicist confirmed that he died early Sunday morning of a heart attack.
Gabriel released the first of several dozen albums back in 1971, and he released efforts at an unprecedented pace for the next 45 years. He even released two albums this year before his death.
Gabriel managed to achieve success in the United States as well, selling three million albums in the states. He was nominated for six Grammy Awards during his career and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1996, Gabriel was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.
In the last 18 months alone, four of Gabriel’s songs reached No. 1 on the Billboard Latin chart. His final performance was a two hour concert at the Los Angeles forum on Friday. When Billboard reviewed the concert, they called Gabriel “the ultimate showman.”
Rest in peace, Juan Gabriel!