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President Barack Obama Honors Late Latin Great Juan Gabriel

By Margaret Amoah
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August 30, 2016
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Juan Gabriel onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Bank United Center on April 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida - Photo: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images North AmericaJuan Gabriel onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Bank United Center on April 28, 2016 in Miami, Florida – Photo: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images North America. 

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered up his tribute to late singer Juan Gabriel by commending him for the important music he made for all generations all over the world.

The Mexican crooner, 66, passed away from a suspected heart attack in Santa Monica, California on Sunday morning August 28, 2016 and many fans and Latin artists have come forward to honor the veteran singer for the lasting legacy he leaves behind.

President Barack Obama returns to the White House on August 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama returned after visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images North AmericaPresident Barack Obama returns to the White House on August 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama returned after visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images North America.

On Monday, President Obama added to the long list of tributes by releasing a statement which reads: “For over forty years, Juan Gabriel brought his beloved Mexican music to millions, transcending borders and generations. To so many Mexican-Americans, Mexicans and people all over the world, his music sounds like home.

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

In addition to President Obama, others who have shared messages honoring Gabriel include Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Carlos Vives, J Balvin and Marc Anthony, while fans in Los Angeles placed flowers on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday morning. The singer was honoured with the plaque on 10 May, 2002.

Meanwhile, new details concerning Gabriel’s health have surfaced, with the Los Angeles County Coroner stating on the autopsy that although his cause of death was natural causes, pre-existing issues with his heart and diabetes are listed as contributing factors, according to TMZ.com.

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