Mexico’s Capital Pays Last Farewell To Singer Juan Gabriel

Fans of Juan Gabriel lined the streets of Mexico City to pay their last respects to the singer as a motorcade carried his ashes to a farewell ceremony Monday at the capital’s Palace of Fine Arts.

The ashes arrived from Ciudad Juarez, the border city where Juan Gabriel grew up and where a memorial ceremony was held over the weekend. The singer died Aug. 28 in Santa Monica at age 66 after a 45-year career that marked an era in Mexican popular music.

His family plans to convert his house in Ciudad Juarez into a museum.

Photo: Raymundo Ruiz/AP
The hearse carrying the cremated remains of Juan Gabriel drives through the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Elizabeth Aguilar of Chile was among those who turned out in Mexico City. She said: “I have followed him ever since I can remember, and I have always liked his music.”