The singer was born into poverty as son of a farmer in Parácuaro, Mexico, about 165 miles west of Mexico City. As teenager, he spent time in prison for robbery, and in later life, he had problems in Mexico and the US for not paying taxes. Singer Juan Gabriel was a six-time Grammy nominee. He was he also inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and received industry awards that included ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year 2009. The week before his death, his latest album, Vestido de Etiqueta: Por Eduardo Magallanes, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. His death occurred when Juan Gabriel was in the midst of his MeXXico Es Todos tour in the U.S., scheduled to visit cities such as Las Vegas, Dallas, Hidalgo, Miami and New York over the coming weeks.