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Mexican music icon, Juan Gabriel, dead at 66

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Mexican music icon, Juan Gabriel, died Sunday from a suspected heart attack. He was 66. 

Los Angeles County Coroner spokeswoman Selena Barros told CNN Gabriel died around 11:30 a.m. in Santa Monica, California. 

Gabriel had performed at The Forum in Los Angeles Friday night and was scheduled to sing at a concert in El Paso, Texas, Sunday night. 

Juan Gabriel, whose legal name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez, sold more than 100 million records during his career, according to CNN. 

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter Sunday night to pay tribute to one of the country's most beloved stars. 

He wrote, "I regret the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the great musical icons of our country. My condolences to your family and friends. A voice and a talent representing Mexico. His music, a legacy to the world. He was gone too soon. Rest in peace."

Gabriel, who was known to his fans as the El Divo de Juarez, released more than 35 albums throughout his 40-year career. 


According to CNN, he was best known for his classic hits "Querida," "Porqué me haces llorar?" "El Noa Noa" and "Hasta que te conocí."

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