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Emilio Navaira

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Emilio Navaira, the American-born, Grammy-winning singer known as the King of Tejano Music, died Monday of a heart attack, according to multiple news sources. He was 53.

Navaira, who charted nearly a dozen singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart, over the course of his career, was found unconscious at his house, police in New Braunfels, Texas, said.

His greatest country hit was 1995’s “It’s Not the End of the World, which rose as high as No. 27. His song “Por Siempre Unidos” made the top 10 the following year, peaking at No. 7 on Latin Pop Airplay.

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Navaira, who was born Aug. 23, 1962, in San Antonio, Texas, was the musical partner of the late Selena Quintanilla-Perez. They had a duet, “Tu Robaste Mi Corazon.”

In 2002, he won a Grammy Award for best Tejano album. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013 for best Norteño album.

In a post Tuesday on Facebook, Quintanilla-Perez’s older brother, A.B. Quintanilla, offered his tributes to Navaira.

"Rest in paradise my friend Emilio Navaira,” he wrote. “I was just with him ... (Cinco) de Mayo weekend laughing about old times. My heart goes out to all his familia. Gonna miss you brother."

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