A day after the unexpected death of music icon Juan Gabriel on Sunday (Aug. 28), his family shared on social media an official statement confirming the artists passing and thanking the superstar’s fans for their love and support.
“My father’s untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life,” stated Gabriel’s son Ivan Aguilera, who also managed his father’s career for six years.
“The family will release further details regarding Juan Gabriel’s passing in the coming days. In the meantime, the family respectfully asks Juan Gabriel’s fans and the worldwide media to allow them this very brief window to mourn the loss of Juan Gabriel,” ends the statement.
— Juan Gabriel (@soyjuangabriel) August 29, 2016
Juan Gabriel is survived by his four sons and grandchildren. The Mexican singer/songwriter and chart-topping artist died at 66 years old in Santa Monica while touring the U.S. on his MeXXIco Es Todo Tour.
His last concert was Friday, Aug. 26 at The Forum in Los Angeles, where he sang for two hours straight and serenaded fans with many of his biggest hits including “Hasta que te conocí,” “Querida,” “Costumbres,” “Amor eterno,” “Así fue,” “Incocente pobre amigo,” among others.