The prolific songwriter and performer, who was known for his
powerful love ballads, died in Santa Monica, California,
Televisa reported. He was due to sing at a concert in El Paso,
Texas, later on Sunday.
Gabriel, whose real name was Alberto Aguilera, was born in 1950
into a poor family in the western Mexican state of Michoacan and
rose to sell millions copies of his albums and have his own star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Gabriel, who lived much of his young life in the border city of
Ciudad Juarez, entertained generations of Latin Americans with
his energetic performances of songs such as "Querida" and "Amor
Eterno" in glittering mariachi outfits.
"A voice and a talent that represented Mexico," Mexican
President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter. "His music, a
legacy for the world."
(Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; Editing by Bill Trott)
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