Singer Known as the King of Tejano Music Dies in Texas


Emilio Navaira, described as the king of Tejano music, died May 16, 2016 at age 53. (Credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Grammy-winning Tejano and country singer Emilio Navaira has died, according to the New Braunfels Police Department in Texas.

The legendary musician known as the king of Tejano music was 53.

Family members found him unconscious at home Monday night and police and fire officials responded. Navaira was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

KTLA sister station KIAH in Houston said the singer reportedly died of a heart attack. He is survived by five children, the station reported.

Navaira, who was known only as Emilio, was credited with introducing Tejano music into the mainstream in the 90s, along with the late singer Selena.

Fans and other musicians shared their condolences on social media following news of the death, including Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla. The producer recorded a duet with the two late singers in 1993 called “Tu Robaste Mi Corazon” with Navaira in 1993, KTLA sister station KDAF in Dallas reported.

Quintanilla posted “Rest in paradise my friend Emilio Navaira. I was just with him … (Cinco) de Mayo weekend laughing about old times. My heart goes out to all his familia. Gonna miss you brother.”

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