Juan Gabriel was a natural performer. His unique dance moves, dramatic performances on stage and iconic, colorful outfits are just a few things that made him stand out and earned him the nickname “El Divo de Juarez.”
He was the ultimate showman and held on to that title until his last concert in Los Angeles on Aug. 26, 2016 at the Forum, where he sang his heart out for two hours straight, danced with his mariachi and even showed off some reggaeton moves during his performance of “No Tengo Dinero” with Colombian reggaeton duo Zona Prieta.
Two days later, Juan Gabriel died unexpectedly at 66 years old from a heart attack, in the midst of his MeXXIco Es Todo Tour, which had just kicked off in the U.S.
Billboard remembers the Mexican superstar with his most memorable performances that prove he was quite the entertainer. Check them out below.
“Por Qué Me Haces Llorar,” live from Acapulco Festival
“El Noa Noa,” live from Bellas Artes in Mexico in 2013
“Hasta Que Te Conocí, recorded at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico for his album Forever (Live)
“Me Nace Del Corazón,” recorded in 1990
“Amor Eterno,” performed at the Instituto de Bellas Artes in Mexico
“Querida,” recorded at Bellas Artes in Mexico in 2013
“Yo No Nací Para Amar,” recorded in 1990 in Mexico
“Costumbres,” also recorded for the Forever (Live) album