He was scheduled to play a concert just a few hours later in El Paso, Texas, and he had just finished a sold-out performance in Los Angeles two days earlier.
His success brought him over 100 million record sales over a period of 45 years. Furthermore, his music landed on the Top Latin Albums charts five times in just the past year and a half. He was known for his eccentric style and his ability to perform everything from ballads to pop songs to mariachi hits.
His website posted a message about how Juan Gabriel’s spirit lives on. “He has gone to become part of eternity and leaves us his legacy through Juan Gabriel, a character he created with the music he sang and performed across this world,” the website said. “Juan Gabriel hasn’t died, as Alberto would say, ‘As long as someone exists who sings my songs, Juan Gabriel will live.'”
A fan paying tribute to Gabriel by visiting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame had attended his Los Angeles concert just a couple days ago. Roberto Trebor Jacquez stated that Gabriel stayed to play an extra half hour of music.
“He represents the opportunity we had as Americans, as Latino Americans, because he came here and he just showed us that we could be poor, but we can work hard and we can love each other,” Jacquez said. “His music is a reminder of what’s possible. His music represents what you can actually do.”
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