Alberto Aguilera Valadez (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈberto aɣiˈleɾa βalaˈðes]; January 7, 1950 – August 28, 2016), better known by his stage name Juan Gabriel (pronounced [ˈxwaŋ ɡaˈβɾjel]), was a Mexican singer and songwriter. Colloquially nicknamed as Juanga (pronounced [ˈxwaŋɡa]) and El Divo de Juárez, Gabriel was known for his flamboyant style, which broke barriers within the Latin music market. Widely considered one of the best and most prolific Mexican composers and singers of all time. Considered an icon of pop music.
Having sold over 80 million copies worldwide, Juan Gabriel was among Latin America’s best selling singer-songwriters. His nineteenth studio album, Recuerdos, Vol. II, which one source claims is the best-selling album of all time in Mexico, with over eight million copies sold. During his career, Juan Gabriel wrote around 1,800 songs. Among his most recognized penned songs are "Amor Eterno", "Querida", "Yo No Nací Para Amar", "Hasta Que Te Conocí", "El Noa Noa", "No Tengo Dinero", "Abrázame Muy Fuerte", "Te lo Pido por Favor", "En Esta Primavera", "Pero Qué Necesidad", "Te Sigo Amando", "Siempre en Mi Mente, "De Mí Enamórate", and "Lo Pasado, Pasado", among others; all of them, performed by him and many other artists.
On August 28, 2016, Juan Gabriel died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Monica, California, while still on a tour in the United States. Gabriel was posthumously awarded two Latin Grammy Awards for his album Los Dúo, Vol. 2.