Gloria Estefan Confirms Her Mother’s Death In A Poignant Letter: ‘I Will Miss Her Every Moment Of Every Day’

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Our hearts are just breaking.

On Tuesday evening, Gloria Estefan took to Instagram to sadly reveal that her mother, Gloria Fajardo, has passed away. She was 88 years old.

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Alongside a sweet picture of her momma, the music legend penned an emotional tribute for Fajardo. She posted:

Tonight at 8:19 pm we lost my beloved mother, the inimitable Gloria Fajardo. She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends, very especially, the two beautiful ladies in each side in this picture, Carmen Corpion & Clara Bris. They were an integral part of her posse not only throughout her life but to her last breath. I know it was exactly the way she would have wanted her departure from this earth to be, surrounded by love and the true representations of everyone that was special to her in life. I know she chose the very moment, 8:19, because her beloved mother had died on 8/19 thirty-two years ago and she wanted to make sure that we got the message that she was with our beloved grandmother, Abuela Consuelo and my loving father, Jose Manuel. I will miss her every moment of every day and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many people. Thank you for your prayers and messages, and the love and concern that filled our hearts and accompanied us throughout this most difficult time. Please know that at every moment, I let her know about the love and light that was being sent to her and she appreciated and absorbed every beautiful sentiment. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts and gently holding our hands. ├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäó├░┼╕ΓÇÖΓäóA post shared by Gloria Estefan (@gloriaestefan) on Jun 13, 2017 at 9:27pm PDT

Unfortunately, this tragic update doesn’t come as a complete surprise as Miz Estefan has been updating fans about her mother’s wavering health for some time. In fact, just last week Gloria announced that she had to cancel her concert in Napa Valley, CA as her madre’s health had not improved.

And we’re sure fans far and wide are feeling this loss, as Estefan’s mother found internet fame later in life. Thanks to fun Instagram videos shared by granddaughter Emily Estefan, Gloria senior was able to flaunt her rapping skills and even took on the name, Rapuela. Be sure to take a peek at one of Rapuela’s last performances (below).

We’re not crying, you are. As always, our thoughts are with the Estefan family during this incredibly sad time.

R.I.P., Gloria.

[Image via Instagram.]

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Jun 14, 2017 8:57am PDT