The body of Juan Gabriel arrived late Monday (Aug. 29) night in Mexico, where massive tributes to the late singer are planned for Tuesday.
A private plane carrying Gabriel’s casket, accompanied by his son Ivan Aguilera, and other family members, flew from Los Angeles, where Gabriel died in his home on Sunday morning, to Toluca. The plane arrived around midnight on Monday, according to the Mexican newspaper El Universal and other reports.
Gabriel’s remains were to be taken from the airport to Mexico City, where a tribute to Gabriel is planned for Tuesday morning at the city’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. Dancers and musicians who had performed with Gabriel during his last show at the Los Angeles Forum last Friday were also arriving in Mexican City to perform at the event honoring Gabriel, according to El Universal.
A massive public funeral service is planned for Ciudad Juarez, where the star grew up, which could happen as early as Tuesday afternoon. Ciudad Juarez Mayor Javier González Mocken told news site Norte Digital de Ciudad Juarez that the mass for "El Divo de Juarez" could take place at El Punto, where the Pope appeared last February, or at the Parque de la Mexicanidad.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is one of the many public figures, also including President Obama, who have expressed their condolences upon hearing of Gabriel’s death this past Sunday.
Una voz y un talento que representaban a México. Su música, un legado para el mundo. Se ha ido muy pronto. Que descanse en Paz.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 28, 2016