'Juan Gabriel Day' to be declared in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Singer Juan Gabriel
Singer Juan Gabriel performs during the Latin Billboard Awards on April 28, 2016 in Coral Gables, Fla.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Thursday will officially be declared "Juan Gabriel Day" in Los Angeles.

The declaration was voted on at Wednesday's Los Angeles City Council meeting.

The legendary Mexican singer died of a heart attack back in August at his home in Santa Monica. He was 66 years old.

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"Juan Gabriel is a great example of the richness, of the culture of Mexico and the contributions immigrants have made to our city, our state and our nation," Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo said.

As a child, Gabriel spent eight years in a Mexican orphanage and began writing music as a teen.

He would go on to write more than 2,000 songs and sell more than 100 million albums in his lifetime.