Pres. Obama On Juan Gabriel: 'He Was One of the Greats'

Juan Gabriel performs onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April 2016.
Juan Gabriel performs onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Bank United Center on April 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida.Rodrigo Varela / Getty Images

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By Brian Latimer

As millions of fans and stars mourn the death of Juan Gabriel, Pres. Obama issued a statement calling the international icon "one of the greats of Latin music."

“For over 40 years, Juan Gabriel brought his beloved Mexican music to millions, transcending borders and generations," the statement reads. "To so many Mexican-Americans, Mexicans and people all over the world, his music sounds like home."

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"With his romantic lyrics, passionate performances and signature style, Juan Gabriel captivated audiences and inspired countless young musicians," the statement continues. "He was one of the greats of Latin music – and his spirited will live on in his enduring songs, and in the hearts of the fans who love him.”

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Juan Gabriel died of a heart attack in his home in Santa Monica, California. Juan Gabriel had performed his last concert to a sold-out crowd at the Inglewood Forum in California, part of a much-anticipated tour.

He was 66.

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