Definted the term “superstar” for an entire nation and several generations.
By Barbi Martinez
Alberto Aguilera Valadez – Juan Gabriel – passed away yesterday in Santa Monica at the age of 66. He was in the middle of a tour and apparently suffered a massive heart attack; he’d performed Friday in Los Angeles and was slated to perform Sunday night in El Paso.
The flamboyant Mexican singer had sold more than 100 million records over the course of his career and was regarded as the biggest star Mexico had ever produced. A post at his official website read thusly:
“The creator of Juan Gabriel — songwriter, performer, family man, philanthropist and human being, known as Alberto Aguilera Valadez—today, he ended his time here and graduated from this life.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. Juan Gabriel hasn’t died, as Alberto would say, ‘As long as someone exists who sings my songs, Juan Gabriel will live.'”