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Ashes of singer Juan Gabriel arrive in Mexico

Gabriel is known for his soaring ballads and sweet love songs and has written some 1,800 songs. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Sep 04, 2016, 01.17 PM (IST)
The ashes of legendary Mexican singer Juan Gabriel arrived in Mexico on Saturday from the United States. 

Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Mexican side of the border city, where the ashes were delivered to his house on 16 de Septiembre avenue, and sang one of his emblematic songs that includes the lyrics: "So I'm still in the usual place, in the same city and with the same people."

Authorities estimated more than 40,000 people attended the commemoration in Ciudad Juarez.

In Mexico City opposite the Palacio de las Bellas Artes, the country's major cultural centre, followers have improvised a memorial. A national tribute to the singer is slated for Monday.

Gabriel died on August 28 at his home in Santa Monica due to a combination of heart issues and complications of diabetes. He was 66 years old. 

The singer was in the middle of his ‘MeXXico Es Todo Tour’, and had just performed a sold-out show at The Forum Los Angeles two days prior to his death.

Gabriel is known for his soaring ballads and sweet love songs and has written some 1,800 songs.

He had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was still on the list of music industry high-earners thanks to his touring.

Gabriel’s career spanned 40 years. He holds the distinction of having the best-selling album of all time in Mexico, Recuerdos, Vol II, which sold more than 8 million copies.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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