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

06/15/17 Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

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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