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Memorial Services Today for Juan Gabriel

  • By David Barron

Hundreds of fans and family members are expected to attend a memorial service in Monterey Park for Mexican music super star Juan Gabriel who died Aug. 27. The services will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 320 W. Garvey Avenue.

Gabriel, 66, died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Monica, just three days after performing at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood as part  of sold out "MeXXico Es Todo Tour."

Gabriel, who real name was Alberto Aquilera Valadez, wrote more than 1,500 songs that combined mariachi, ranchero and norteno music. More than 100 million copies of his records were sold worldwide since his career began in the 1970s. A six-time Grammy nominee was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He is survived by four children including his manager, Ivan Aguilera.

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