The Latin Recording Academy® Statement re: Juan Gabriel

August 28, 2016
August 28, 2016 -- 6:36 pm PDT

With a heavy heart and profound sense of nostalgia, The Latin Recording Academy® mourns the passing of Alberto Aguilera Valadez, our beloved Juan Gabriel. He left us at an early age, but after almost five decades of enormous creativity. His musical legacy is much more than one or hundreds of songs; he composed philosophy. In addition, he carried out heartfelt philanthropy with orphans of his Ciudad Juárez. He broke taboos, devoured stages and conquered diverse audiences. In 2009, the Latin Academy named him Person of the Year, and honored him for his career and social work during a star-studded gala. The voice of the Mexican icon will resonate forever in all those who knew him, as we continue to dance to his music and appreciate his art. Rest in peace, Juan Gabriel.
Gabriel Abaroa
The Latin Recording Academy