Singer Who Helped Put Tejano Music On The Map Has Passed Away

Emilio Navaira, the Tejano music legend who, along with Selena, helped catapult Tejano music to the mainstream, has died. After being found unconscious by family members on Monday, the 53-year-old was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, but an autopsy has yet to be performed.

Navaira will be remembered for helping put Tejano music on the map. “He was the male to Tejano music what Selena was as the female to Tejano music,” San Antonio disc jockey Randy Carroll told Reuters.

Friends and fans of Navaira took to social media to express their condolences.

Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister, sent a message to Navaira’s family.

A.B. Quintanilla also posted a message to his fans.

Some shared old photos, like this shot of Navaira with Selena.

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Other shared personal photos of the moment they met Navaira.

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Chingo Bling kept it short and sweet.

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Some fans recalled memories of hearing his music at family gatherings.

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And dancing to Navaira’s music with family.

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Texas-based radio DJ Michelle Rodriguez shared one of her favorite dance moves.

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And this fan shared a memory that’ll hit close to home.

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Watch Emilio Navaira and Selena perform together at the Tejano Music Awards:

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A Museum In Mexico City Is Hanging Shoes To Honor Thousands Of Missing People


A Museum In Mexico City Is Hanging Shoes To Honor Thousands Of Missing People

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A museum in Mexico City is displaying over 60 pairs of shoes that belong to the relatives of missing people.

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Sixty pairs of shoes, including heels, boots and kids’ shoes, were donated by relatives of the disappeared to remind everyone how much they’ve walked in the search of their loved ones. “These shoes symbolize the fight for the truth and the denunciation against the state-sponsored crime that are disappearances,” said Jorge Galvez, director of the Casa de la Memoria Indomita museum.

Each pair of shoe has a special note engraved under, like “We will never stop looking for you” and “We love you.”

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“People react differently to the exhibit,” Galvez said. “Some are sad and cry; others come out with a better understanding of the issue, and some become outraged.”

Artist Alfredo Lopez Casanova and his team of organizers hope to tour Mexico and the United States to bring to awareness to these issues.

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Although organizers remain optimistic, families of the 43 students who went missing in 2014 are still waiting their remains to be found. The exhibition will go on until June 26.

Read more about this exhibition here

READ: Mexican Government Said To Have Blocked The Investigation Of The 43 Missing Students

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