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Mexico to pay tribute to singer Juan Gabriel next week

Juan Gabriel died of a heart attack at the age of 66. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Mexico City, Mexico Aug 31, 2016, 04.00 PM (IST)

Mexico will hold a tribute to legendary singer and composer Juan Gabriel in the capital city next week, officials said on Tuesday.  

The iconic singer, who shot to fame with the 1971 song “No Tengo Dinero," died of a heart attack on Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, California at the age of 66. 

Gabriel's remains were cremated in the United States and will arrive over the weekend in Ciudad Juarez, officials said. His family issued a statement saying a memorial service would be held over the weekend in his home city Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico followed by a public celebration of his life and musical career.

"Tribute to Juan Gabriel will be held next Monday in Fine Arts," the culture minister Rafael Tovar y de Teresa tweeted, referring to the Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City's premier cultural center. 

Also known as the "Divo of Juarez," Gabriel gave music some of its greatest hits including "No Tengo Dinero" ("I Have No Money"), "Hasta Que Te Conoci" (Until I Met You) and "Amor Eterno" (Eternal Love). The singer, whose career spanned five decades, was on a break from his latest tour at the time of his death.

An old-school idol some liken to Mexico's Elvis Presley, Gabriel touched a chord with music lovers with his ballads of love and loneliness, selling tens of millions of records. He received six Grammy nominations, and had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a barrier-busting career that won him admirers around the world. 

It's not clear whether President Enrique Pena Nieto will attend since he is set to travel to China on Friday to participate in a G-20 summit from September 4-5.

(WION with inputs from AFP)


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