Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies of heart attack aged 66

Singer Juan Gabriel, Juarez's native son who went on to world-wide fame, has died in Santa Monica, California.

The site reports the 66-year-old Gabriel - whose real name is Alberto Aquilera Valadez - was pronounced dead at an unspecified residence in Santa Monica, and that no foul play was suspected.

The star was in the middle of his MeXXico Es Todo Tour at the time of his death, and performed at the Forum in Los Angeles on Friday night. He was scheduled to take the stage in El Paso, Texas on Sunday evening, with the USA leg of his tour slated to end in October (16).

Cops were called to a place in Santa Monica on the morning of August 28, where authorities reportedly pronounced Juan Gabriel dead on the scene, according to TMZ. He performed with mariachis and he was known for marathon live shows. His 1971 breakout hit was actually titled "No Tengo Dinero" (I Have No Money). "My condolences to his relatives and friends". In 1990, he became the first commercial singer to hold a concert at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, until then reserved just for classical musicians.

His former personal secretary, Joaquin Munoz, claimed they were a gay couple at one point in the book "Juan Gabriel and I". In addition, he has had 20 Top 10 albums on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart - more than any other artist.

His classic hits include "Querida", "Porqué me haces llorar?" "El Noa Noa", "Hasta que te conocí".

One fan tweeted that losing Gabriel "is like losing a family member.he was always at every party and event".

Juan Gabriel was known for his relentless work ethic, with constant tours and a total of 1,800 songs that stretched across genres, NPR noted.

In 1986, then-Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declared October 5 "The Day of Juan Gabriel".

Gabriel was remembered for his impact.

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