Grab your finest and biggest goblet, fill it with wine and pour it all out, because the world has lost yet another legend. 2016 better run, hide and pray to all the saints, because millions of abuelitas are going to beat that evil trick with chancletas. Latin music icon Juan Gabriel (born name: Alberto Aguilera Valadez) died of a heart attack today. He was only 66.
Publicists for Juan Gabriel confirmed to the Associated Press that he is now in heaven, tickling the eardrums of the angels with his voice and tingling their retinas with his raw emotional showmanship and glamorous style (see: that picture above of him working a pom-poms tuxedo bomber jacket like no one ever will again). TMZ says that the police were called to Juan Gabriel’s home in Santa Monica, CA this morning. He was pronounced dead at home.
Juan Gabriel was on tour and he had just performed at the Forum in L.A. on Friday night.
Juan Gabriel is one of Latin music’s greatest and he’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. If you come from a Latin family, then you’ve probably spent many parties watching your drunk aunties dance barefoot in the middle of the living room to one of his songs.
Juan Gabriel is survived by his four children.
Rest in peace, Juan Gabriel.