Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter, has postponed his first three California shows after being rushed to the hospital early on Monday in Las Vegas where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to representatives for the 64-year-old crooner.
Gabriel was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on April 16 and 17 at the Nokia Theatre followed by a show on April 19 in San Jose at the SAP Center, but those shows are now being rescheduled. CMN Events, the producers of his tour, will announce new show dates later this week.
The U.S. leg of the singer's tour began earlier this month on April 3 with two sold out shows at the Allstate Center in Chicago. Sold out shows followed at Madison Square Garden, the Toyota Center in Houston and the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas where, according to reports, the singer performed about 3 hours for fans who had not seen him in the U.S. for about 7 years.
According to the publicity firm d.baron media relations, Gabriel was admitted to an intensive care unit and after performing in Las Vegas on Sunday. He had a fever and congestion, according to his publicist. Published reports indicate that the Mexican showman was taken to Southern Hills Hospital.
Gabriel, born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Michoacán, is the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. He began his career from very humble beginnings and rose to become one of Mexico's most adored singer/songwriters. A prolific songwriter, Gabriel is best known for composing some of the most popular pop songs and ballads such as "No tengo dinero," "Siempre en mi mente" and "El Noa Noa."
On his Twitter account today, Gabriel reached out to his fans directly.
"Even though I want to keep on singing, others want me to rest," Gabriel posted. "My loves, we'll see each other on May 1 in Los Angeles."