The music world has lost another legend as Grammy award-winning musician Emilio Navaira passed away Monday night at the age of 53.
Navaira was best known as the king of Tejano music — a Texan-Mexican style — and sang alongside Selena several times before she was shot and killed in Corpus Christi, Texas back in 1995. After the songstress’ death, Emilio became of face of the genre.
Reportedly, Emilio’s family members found him unconscious and called 911. Unfortunately, it was too late as doctors later pronounced him dead. Though there hasn’t been an autopsy yet, it’s believed that the singer suffered a heart attack.
Several years ago, Navaira talked a bit about about his transition from primarily a Latin audience to trying to break into the English speaking scene saying:
“Being a Tejano singer, I’ve always sang country ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ so all my audience knows already. The audience that I have in the Latin world knows I’ve been doing this for a while.”
The singer went on to say:
“It’s more a surprise to the people who don’t know Emilio as a Latin star ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ that all of a sudden, ‘Where’s this guy coming from? Where does he have this following?'”
As for the artist’s fans, they are in mourning as San Antonio disc jockey Randy Carroll helped to express the 53-year-old’s significance by telling Reuters :
“He really was the king of Tejano music. He was the male to Tejano music what Selena was as the female to Tejano music.”
Emilio will be sorely missed as our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragic loss.
[Image via AP Images.]