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Juan Gabriel (1950 - 2016)

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Juan Gabriel (1950 - 2016)

Juan Gabriel, a legendary Mexican singer, died Aug. 28, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 66.

TMZ reported that Gabriel died in Santa Monica, California, of a suspected heart attack, and no foul play was expected.

"He has passed on to become part of eternity and has left us his legacy through Juan Gabriel, the character created by him for all the music that has been sung and performed all around the world," his press office said in a statement.

Gabriel had just performed a concert Friday night at The Forum in Los Angeles. He was in the middle of a large concert tour of the United States. The tour featured 22 dates and was called the MeXXico Es Todos tour. Last year, Gabriel earned over $11 million in tour revenue.

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The Mexican singer-songwriter sold over 30 million records in his career. His last album, “Los Duo,” was the top-selling Latin album of the year in 2015.

Gabriel was born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in the town of Paracuaro, Michoacan, in 1950. He signed his first record contract in 1971 when he was 21. He then changed his name to Juan Gabriel.

He was known for his colorful stage presence and flamboyant outfits along with his songs about love and heartbreak. Some of his best-known songs are "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You") and "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love").

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said through his official Twitter account: "I regret the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the great musical icons of our country. My condolences to his relatives and friends."

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