Women in Music 2018

President Obama on Juan Gabriel: 'His Spirit Will Live On'

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
President Barack Obama on Aug. 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.

As fans across the globe mourn the death of Mexican icon and superstar Juan Gabriel, President Barack Obama took to social media to share a few words on Gabriel's musical impact and the legacy he leaves behind. 

"For over forty years, Juan Gabriel brought his beloved Mexican music to millions, transcending borders and generations. To so many Mexican-Americans, Mexicans and people all over the world, his music sounds like home. With his romantic lyrics, passionate performances and signature style, Juan Gabriel captivated audiences and inspired countless young musicians. He was one of the greats of Latin music--and his spirit will live on in his enduring songs, and in the hearts of the fans who love him."

The POTUS' tweet echoes a multitude of messages dedicated by other artists including Marc Anthony, Juanes, Juan Luis GuerraLucero, J Balvin, Natalia Jiménez, and more, who reacted to the tragic news of "El Divo de Juarez's" passing on Sunday (Aug. 28). 

Gabriel died in Santa Monica at age 66 of a heart attack two days after his concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. Just last week, the chart-topping artist kicked off his highly anticipated MeXXIco Es Todo Tour in the U.S.