Juan Gabriel’s Family Honors Late Singer With Dia de Los Muertos Altar
In honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations Nov. 1-2, Juan Gabriel was remembered by his family with a special altar they shared with his fans on social media.
“Dad, we love you and miss you,” reads the post on Twitter. The late singer’s altar or ofrenda (offering) includes a pair of cowboy boots, a mariachi sombrero, candles, flowers and photos of Gabriel.
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— Juan Gabriel (@soyjuangabriel) November 1, 2016
Oct. 28 marked the two-month anniversary of the “Noa Noa” singer’s death; he died of a heart attack at 66 years old in Santa Monica, California.
“Always on my mind. Always close to our hearts,” reads a post remembering the late singer on social media.
— Juan Gabriel (@soyjuangabriel) October 28, 2016
Juan Gabriel was in the midst of the U.S. leg of his MeXXico Es Todos tour, a 22-city arena trek that had him playing on 360 stages to accommodate sold out crowds.
On August 28th, sources close to him said he was in Los Angeles, where had played the Forum Friday night. As he readied to go to the airport to fly to El Paso, the next stop on his tour, he suffered a massive heart attack. An official statement from the family is expected to come.
At the time of his death, Juan Gabriel, already one of Latin music’s biggest superstars, was arguably at the apex of his career, despite his age.
He ranked at No. 18 on Billboard’s 2015 Money Makers list (just below Ed Sheeran and just above Florida Georgia Line), largely thanks to $11.6 million in touring revenue in 2015. He scored the year’s highest-grossing Latin tour and had the top-selling Latin album, Los Duo, which has moved 131,000 units, according to Nielsen Music.
The week before his death, his latest album, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. In the fall, Telemundo will begin airing a TV series based on his life.