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Juan Gabriel celebrated in Mexico

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 00:56

Scores of mariachis go to Mexico City's iconic Garibaldi Square to honor the late singer. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of mariachis joined faithfully in Mexico City's historic Garibaldi Square on Tuesday (August 30) to pay tribute to late singer Juan Gabriel. Gathering around a statue of Gabriel, mariachis played his signature tunes and a priest held a service to mark the passing of the Mexican performer. Gabriel, a musical icon across Latin America for more than 40 years, died on Sunday (August 28) of a heart attack at age 66, broadcaster Televisa reported. "It has hit all of us hard. We are hurting for his loss. We've got some 45 years of knowing him, not only just the artist but the human," said Leonor Rodriguez, president of the Juan Gabriel fan club. 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 of copies of his albums and have his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gabriel entertained generations of Latin Americans with his energetic performances of songs such as "Querida" and "Amor Eterno" in glittering mariachi outfits.

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Juan Gabriel celebrated in Mexico

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 00:56