The world is mourning the unexpected death of Mexican singer Juan Gabriel who passed away of natural causes on August 28 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 66 years old.
Gabriel’s family confirmed the heartbreaking news Sunday night via an official statement. “My father’s untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life,” stated Gabriel’s son, Ivan Aguilera.
Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico, Juan Gabriel is the mastermind behind international hits such as “Amor Eterno,” “Querida,” “Noa Noa” and “Abrazame muy fuerte.” You know, all those songs that your mom and your tia’s blast at every fiesta.
While we try to cope with El Divo de Juarez’s passing, people on Twitter are expressing their feelings and it’s striking a chord.
Celebrities reminisced on the times they got to meet El Divo de Juarez.
Estamos de luto, te recordaremos por siempre. Vives en nuestros corazones queridísimo Juan Gabriel. pic.twitter.com/JucHX7CkC5
— Lucero (@LuceroMexico) August 28, 2016
Me quedo sin palabras para expresar mi inmensa tristeza por la partida del gran @soyjuangabriel. Su música y espíritu vivirán por siempre.
— JUANES (@juanes) August 28, 2016
— Reik (@ReikMx) August 28, 2016
But really… Diego Luna’s reaction is all of us right now.
JUAN GABRIEL! Que tristeza chingao… La última vez que lo vi en un palenque rejuvenecí como 5 años. Nadie como el en el escenario!!
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) August 28, 2016
Marc Anthony lost it on stage during his concert in New York City as he sang “Abrázame muy fuerte.”
— Denisse Moreno (@DenisseLauraM) August 29, 2016
We can all relate to this girl’s mom and her obsession with Juanga.
RIP to the man that sang as my mom made dinner, sunday after church, and late at night singing to karaoke. Thank you, #JuanGabriel
— emilyyyy (@emilyvernice) August 28, 2016
Because his music transcended generations.
My boy & me were just listening 2 #JuanGabriel the other day in his car. We were talking about spanish love songs/ballads being the best.
— Danny Borbon (@DBrando214) August 28, 2016
And got men to get in touch with their feelings.
I did not cry for Bowie or Prince; I will weep for #JuanGabriel
— GustavoArellano (@GustavoArellano) August 28, 2016
His music is such a part of my youth that remembering all the times my family cried to his music is now making ME cry. #JuanGabriel
— Omar Ponce (@TheOmarPonce) August 28, 2016
In honor of #JuanGabriel, I am going to blast his music and clean my house, just like me n my mom did every single weekend during my youth!
— Memo (@memothegod) August 28, 2016
— Caliche Velazquez (@calichepregunta) August 28, 2016
Better believe everyone will be blasting their favorite Juanga songs for weeks to come.
— Snapchat:TopTrending (@TOPtrendingmag) August 28, 2016
— Pequeña Viajera (@pequeviajera) August 29, 2016
— LaLeo (@LibreriaLeo) August 29, 2016
— DunadanX (@DunadanX) August 29, 2016
— Lupz Quiñonez (@LupzQ) August 29, 2016
Because this news has us like ?.
— Young PAPI (@Hector_Juliann) August 29, 2016
Juan Gabriel sold millions of records, recorded dozens of albums and wrote more than 1,000 songs over the course of five decades, according to Latin Times. He is survived by his sons and grandchildren.