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Gloria Estefan’s Mother, A.K.A. Rapuela, Has Died At 88

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Gloria Estefan’s mother, Gloria Fajardo, died on this past Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She was 88. The Estefan family shared the news on social media, saying that the former singer and mother to one of the most recognizable Latino music stars died peacefully surrounded by those closest to her. Fajardo reached some pretty notable social media fame as #Rapuela, the loving nickname she earned from friends and family due to her fun, witty, and super abuelita rapping game. Here’s how Fajardo is being remembered by those closest to her.

Gloria Estefan shared the news of her mother’s death the same night she died.

Tonight at 8:19 pm we lost my beloved mother, the inimitable Gloria Fajardo. She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends, very especially, the two beautiful ladies in each side in this picture, Carmen Corpion & Clara Bris. They were an integral part of her posse not only throughout her life but to her last breath. I know it was exactly the way she would have wanted her departure from this earth to be, surrounded by love and the true representations of everyone that was special to her in life. I know she chose the very moment, 8:19, because her beloved mother had died on 8/19 thirty-two years ago and she wanted to make sure that we got the message that she was with our beloved grandmother, Abuela Consuelo and my loving father, Jose Manuel. I will miss her every moment of every day and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many people. Thank you for your prayers and messages, and the love and concern that filled our hearts and accompanied us throughout this most difficult time. Please know that at every moment, I let her know about the love and light that was being sent to her and she appreciated and absorbed every beautiful sentiment. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts and gently holding our hands. ???????????

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“I know she chose the very moment, 8:19, because her beloved mother had died on 8/19 thirty-two years ago and she wanted to make sure that we got the message that she was with our beloved grandmother, Abuela Consuelo and my loving father, Jose Manuel,” Gloria wrote on Instagram about her mother’s death. “I will miss her every moment of every day and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many people. Thank you for your prayers and messages, and the love and concern that filled our hearts and accompanied us throughout this most difficult time.”

Emily, Fajardo’s granddaughter and trusted rap buddy, also wrote about her loss.

Abuelita mía, Please hold up our hearts from heaven. And in that process, May the million strings of light that connect us be eternal, and fruitful: as you were and shall be. I will write about you until my hands cramp, wrinkle, and resemble yours. I will talk about you until my mouth dries and ages and people start to call ME Abuela. I will laugh and cry enough for millions of lifetimes, because ten minutes with you can supply one with enough love and wisdom for that. I miss you. Beyond words. And I will miss you with a pain I could never erase, but a pain I will carry like a badge of honor, knowing that my soul has the absolute privilege of being tethered to yours. The privilege that allows me to see those millions of tiny feathery beams of light, connected from each and every one of us that loved you, up to you. Dancing in perfect harmony until we can be together again. Te quiero Abuelita. Thank you to everyone who has sent love, light, and prayers. They are felt, appreciated, and needed. Let's celebrate the glory that was Gloria Fajardo. I Cry for her as the sky does on this rainy day, and to anyone else who shares that pain, we grow as one unit of light, ever larger, ever stronger, for a woman who far exceeded her physical state and forever will. I love you. I love you. I love you.

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“Abuelita mía, Please hold up our hearts from heaven. And in that process, May the million strings of light that connect us be eternal, and fruitful: as you were and shall be,” Emily wrote on Instagram. “I will write about you until my hands cramp, wrinkle, and resemble yours. I will talk about you until my mouth dries and ages and people start to call ME Abuela. I will laugh and cry enough for millions of lifetimes, because ten minutes with you can supply one with enough love and wisdom for that. I miss you. Beyond words.”

“She was an incomparable woman and friend,” wrote Emilio Estefan.

#Repost @gloriaestefan juntos enfrentamos la partida de Gloria Fajardo, nuestra querida Rapuela, mi suegra, mi segunda madre, la abuela de mis hijos. Una mujer y amiga incomparable. La recordaremos cada día, la extrañaremos por siempre. Gracias a todos por tanto cariño, por tanto amor, por todas sus oraciones. Gracias por apoyarnos en este momento tan difícil. ・・・ Esta noche a las 8:19 pm perdimos a mi queridísima madre, la inigualable, Gloria Fajardo. Se fue llena de paz y rodeada de sus hijas, nietos, yernos, sobrina, las tres muchachas que la cuidaban con tanto cariño, familiares y sus amigas más cercanas, muy especialmente las dos bellas señoras que la acompañan a cada lado en esta foto, Carmen Corpion y Clara Bris. Ellas eran parte integral de su pandilla y la acompañaron no sólo a través de su vida sino hasta su último respiro. Yo sé que fue exactamente como ella quería partir de este mundo, rodeada de amor y de las personas que representaban a tantos que fueron especiales en su vida. También se que escogió las 8:19 como el momento preciso para partir porque su querida madre, mi Abuela Consuelo murió hace 32 años el 8/19 y quería dejarnos claro que se iba muy bien acompañada de mi abuela y nuestro querido padre, José Manuel. La extrañare cada momento de cada día y le doy gracias por haber sido una increíble madre, mujer y modelo a seguir para tantas personas. Gracias por todo el amor que enviaron y por las oraciones y los mensajes que llenaron nuestros corazones y nos acompañaron en este momento tan difícil. Quiero que sepan que le deje saber en a cada momento, de todo el amor y la luz que le estaban enviando y ella aprecio y absorbió cada uno de esos bellos sentimientos. Gracias por arroparnos en sus corazones y por tiernamente llevarnos de la mano. ????????????

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“Together we are dealing with the passing of Gloria Fajardo, our beloved Rapuela, my mother-in-law, my second mother, the grandmother to my children,” Emilio wrote on Instagram. “She was an incomparable woman and friend. We remember her every day, we will miss her always.”

You might remember Fajardo as the notorious “Rapuela” that was slaying all over social media.

Slayyy!

And she was keeping her rap game strong up until last month.

She's backkkkkkkk #Rapuela ????

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It’s clear from the video that the Estefan family loved when Fajardo spit a few rhymes.

Descansa en paz, Gloria Fajardo.

Freestyle warmup challenge accepted ???? #Rapuela

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We send our thoughts, prayers, best wishes, and love to the Estefan family as they deal with this difficult time. Besos. ?


READ: This Rapping Abuelita Is The Best Damn Thing You Will See All Day

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Gloria And Emilio Estefan Have Been Together For 34 Years And Their Relationship Is Still Goals

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Gloria And Emilio Estefan Have Been Together For 34 Years And Their Relationship Is Still Goals

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Beware: The Estefan’s romance is so epic that you might lose all hope for your own love and just live vicariously through them. The two met in their band Miami Sound Machine, which turned out to be a double lottery win. As they found fame, they fell in love.

The two have been together for 43 years and are still going strong, leaving each other Instagram tributes left and right.

It all started 43 years ago when they met at a wedding.

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It was 1975 and Emilio Estefan was a sales manager for Bacardi rum by day and keyboardist and bandleader of Miami Latin Boys by night. At the time, they had no lead singer so they would all take turns singing.

After he heard Gloria sing at the wedding, he asked her to sit in with the band.

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Their first performance together was impromptu, at their mutual friend’s wedding. A few weeks later, Emilio formally asked her to join the band as lead singer.

They renamed the band Miami Sound Machine.

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At first, Gloria could only sing on the weekends while she was finishing up school at the University of Miami. A year and a half into their bandship, they recorded their first professional album.

Three years after they met, the two got married.

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Two years after that, their son, Nayib, was born. Their band had taken off to the point where Emilio was able to quit his day job at Bacardi.

Their romance is so legendary, that they’ve created a Broadway musical out of it, called “On Your Feet!”

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It premiered on Broadway on November 5, 2015, and is touring the country to this day. The play tells the story of Miami Sound Machine and, of course, their love takes center stage.

Emilio stepped down as a performer to manage the band and raise their son.

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He essentially gave Gloria the limelight and became a mostly stay-at-home parent for their son. We’re shipping that Nayib grew up in a household free of machísmo. Thanks, Emilio.

Gloria has since won several awards for her music, including three Grammys.

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Emilio has been there for them all. Here she is receiving the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen. Gloria fled Cuba when she was just a few years old.

The fact that Bush could acknowledge the work and contributions of an immigrant speaks to the cultural phenomenon the two brought to the U.S.

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Rumor has it that they all danced the “Conga” that night. Just kidding, soy una chismosa.

Last year, Gloria became the first Cuban-American to be named as one of the Kennedy Center Honors.

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The two have been champions for LGBTQ+ equal rights and they look good while they advocate. This year, Emilio will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, making them the first married couple to both be awarded the honor.

The two seem to be madly in love even to this day.

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Gloria’s caption: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY!💃🏻 From the first of your birthdays that we shared as a couple when you turned 23 to this momentous one at 65 I’ve treasured each moment we’ve spent together, been thankful for each of the hardships that have made us grow stronger, wiser and closer and have thanked the universe for putting you on my path. Here’s to the birthdays to come and all the love in our future! I love you, mi morito!”

They even celebrate their “First Kiss” Anniversary every July 4th. 

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Caption: “Forever this will be my favorite reason to celebrate the 4th of July! Happy 42nd Anniversary of our first kiss, baby, @emilioestefanjr I love you so much!! 😍❤️😍❤️”

Of course, they shout from modern-day metaphorical rooftops (Instagram) for every anniversary since.

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Caption: “HAPPY 40th ANNIVERSARY, BABY!! Time has flown and it seems like only yesterday that we were two young kids with dreams starting a life-long adventure together…it still feels that way. 🎶 I love you more today than yesterday🎶But not as much as tomorrow🎶 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Try not to find a photo of these two lovebirds kissing.

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The two have just reached their early 60s and we don’t think they’re retiring or settling down anytime soon. Esperamos que.

Their love has overcome horrific tragedies.

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On March 20, 1990, the bands’ bus crashed with a tractor-trailer on a snowy highway in Pennsylvania. Their son fractured his shoulder and Gloria literally broke her back.

She underwent a four-hour spinal surgery and had steel rods implanted into her spine.

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The doctors didn’t have a positive prognosis. She retired to her home near Miami to begin her recovery. With the assistance of her husband, she made a miraculous recovery. 

A year later, she was performing at the American Music Awards on stage.

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The two went on another year-long tour to promote her comeback album “Into the Light.” She released one album per year for the next four years, ranging from Latin to Pop. 

Today, they live and care for their three muppet dogs.

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You probably can’t even tell there are three dogs in this photo, but confíame. These two seem to always be under a pile of dogs.

Gloria told Extra TV that Emilio drives her crazy with his obsessive organization. 

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And she drives him crazy when she asks him a question while he’s brushing his teeth. Emilio told Extra TV, “She goes, ‘babe why aren’t you answering me?’ and I’m going like this [motions to brushing his teeth] and I can’t answer her. It drives me crazy.”

Maybe their love is just actually blessed by el Papa.

“Gloria and Emilio after a private Mass with Pope Francis (photo courtesy of NBC)” Digital Image. Forbes. 27 February 2019.

Gloria has never been heartbroken by any other boyfriend because he’s her first and only. Maybe that’s the real secret to a love lightened by any previous baggage.

Regardless, we ship these two love birds.

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We all felt abandoned when Marc and Jenny split, but nothing can rock my world so long as the Estefan’s love never dies. I think we’re in good shape. 

READ: From Rita Moreno To Becky G, Gloria Estefan’s Instagram Was Lit During The Kennedy Center Honors

Gloria Estefan’s Daughter Is A Chip Off The Old Block

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Gloria Estefan’s Daughter Is A Chip Off The Old Block

HuffPo has a video series called Talk to Me, where people interview their (usually famous) parents. The most recent participants in the series are 59-year-old Cuban singer Gloria Estefan and her 22-year-old daughter Emily, who is a songwriter, drummer and singer.

The point of the series is to encourage intergenerational conversations about the big, important life questions. Past participants have included Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and her daughter Christina, Lionel and Nicole Richie and even Oprah with graduates from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Qué wonderful, no?

Do yourself a favor: watch, listen and learn from the interview porque as her own daughter points out, Glora Estefan is a “badass tough woman.” She has led an incredible life filled with triumphs, but most certainly not without difficulties or even tragedy. Sheesh, in 1990, the tour bus she was on was involved in an accident that ended up breaking her vertebrae. Her prognosis for a full recovery was slim to none, but she gave her recovery effort all the ganas she could give and she made what many called a “miraculous” recovery. Qué milagro, ni qué nada; it was all badassery on her part.

Keep an eye out for a sweet mom moment in the interview when Emily asks her mom if she still has goals and dreams and Gloria turns it around so she can not-so-humble-brag about her daughter. Gloria says,  “What’s more exciting for me is to see you… about to embark on this journey that I know since you were a kid that you’d get up every morning and you’d go to all three instruments, you know the drums, the piano and the guitar before you went to school. You kept your GPA 4.0, thank you very much.” Awww!

The most motivating part of the interview is when Gloria gives “growing humans” (that’s you) the following advice: “I don’t think you ever stop growing. Find what you love, what you love to do, because if you work at what you love to do, then it doesn’t feel like work.” Yass! #Goals, right there.

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Gloria Estefan's daughter Emily says Gloria is a "badass, tough woman." ? #TalkToMe

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