Juan Gabriel, a singular superstar who transcended borders and the trappings of gender with meticulously crafted pop songs and a flamboyant showmanship that earned the nickname the “divo of Juarez,” has died, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
Juan Gabriel was 66 years old and he was found at a residence in San Monica with no apparent foul play.
Mexican President Enrique Peña-Nieto tweeted his condolences calling him one of the country’s “greatest musical icons.”
“His music is a legacy for the world,” Peña Nieto said. “He has left us too soon. May he rest in peace.”
Juan Gabriel was a prolific musician — by Univision’s count he put out some 1,800 songs. He made pop ones and rock ones. He performed with mariachis and he was known for marathon live shows.
Juan Gabriel was in middle of a tour in support of an album of duets he released this year.