According to a statement sent from a New Braunfels, TX, police spokesman, the "Por siempre unidos" singer was found unresponsive at his home on Monday (May 16). He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, with preliminary results indicating he died of natural causes. An autopsy will be performed later this week.
Considered to be a pioneer in the Tejano genre (traditional Mexican music with a mix of polka and some country), Navaira is credited for introducing the accordion-based music to mainstream in the 1990s along with Selena Quintanilla, whom he shared the stage with during a Tejano Music Awards ceremony. They also recorded a single together called "Te robaste mi corazón."