Singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel died Aug. 28, 2016, at his home in Santa Monica, California, the same day he was to perform at a sold-out Don Haskins Center. He was 66.
In El Paso, fans gathered at the Don Haskins Center to pay tribute to “Juanga.” In Juárez, thousands gathered around the home where Juan Gabriel once lived. The crowd sang and placed flowers and candles along the home’s chain link fence.
Following is a collection of articles and photos El Paso Times’ staff captured as the Borderland mourned Gabriel’s death.
Fan’s excitement for Gabriel’s concert turned into disbelief and sadness as they gathered at the Don Haskins Center, not to see their idol but to mourn his loss and honor his memory.
Members of the Club Juárez 75 de Juan Gabriel planned to give the artist a special wooden plaque honoring his 45-year career.
Juan Gabriel fans of all ages cheered, held signs, sang and cried as a hearse, draped in red roses, carried the late singer’s ashes across the U.S.-Mexico bridge into Juárez, where a memorial service and Mass was scheduled
Thousands of ‘El Divo de Juarez’s’ followers gathered outside his house to pay tribute to the artist’s life and legacy in a religious ceremony and musical event.
The remains of the famed singer-songwriter were in Mexico City, where fans lined up for hours during a memorial ceremony at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Commissioners Court approved a resolution recognizing the Mexican music legend for “his lifelong musical and entertainment career, for inspiring several generations of people, and impacting millions of people across El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, and the world.”
Juárez paid another tribute to the legendary Mexican singer Juan Gabriel a month after his death with the official inauguration of a plaza bearing his name.
Among his thousands of songs, Juan Gabriel composed, sang and dedicated a handful to his beloved Juárez.