Singer Gloria Estefan first made a name for herself as the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine.
The Cuban native made her mark on the billboard charts with hits such as “Conga,” “Get on Your Feet,” and “Turn the Beat Around.”
Most recently, Estefan has been working on her “On Your Feet!” national tour and caring for her ill mother, also named Gloria.
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#Repost @emily_estefan (@get_repost) ・・・ Anyone who has been touched by the light of Gloria Fajardo is privileged. Privileged. Something that I can spell, pronounce, and define because of Gloria Fajardo. Define as a student, with the aid of a dictionary that Abuela gave me before I could even write my name. And define as the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. Selfless warriors who sacrificed everything for me to be able to flip the pages of the dictionary and press my nose inside and smell what freedom smells like in between "aardvark" and "zyzzogeton". Everyday that Abuela has been in the hospital my incredible mother and aunt stand tirelessly at her bedside hour after hour, while we all come in and out to collect and dole out our love. Using our souls as a channel, we cover her in all of your incredible prayers and good energy. From my entire family/friends to you, thank you for the good thoughts. And in the end, everyone who loves Abuela ends up being family because that's the kind of person that she is. She brings people together in faith, love, laughter, freedom, and so many other ways that I would gladly sacrifice my time to explain. Te quiero abuelita. We are all here for you, we all love you, and are anxiously awaiting our next rap while we cover you in light. To everyone out there continuing to pray, in whichever way you do, thank you. We love you. Please keep them coming ❤️
Unfortunately, Estefan’s mother succumbed to her illness and, according to ABC News, passed away on Tuesday evening at the age of 88.
Estefan took to her Instagram to share the heartbreaking news, along with a touching tribute:
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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. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
The post reads, in part:
“She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends …”
Estefan added that the timing of her mother’s death wasn’t by accident:
“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.”
According to Today, Estefan cancelled a concert date in July in order to care for her mother — the singer didn’t realize her mother would pass away so soon:
In fact, not too long ago, Estefan was asking her fans to lift her mother up in prayer:
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Thanks so much for the heartfelt prayers and good thoughts that you have sent our way…I can attest that their impact has been nothing short of miraculous! The difference that we are seeing in my Mami's spirit, will and general condition is truly wondrous and I have no words to adequately express our gratitude. And though she has a challenging road ahead on the way back to being the diva you see in this picture full of health and vigor, we have no doubt that she will achieve that goal and that your prayers are a very big part of her recuperation! THANK YOU!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Mil gracias por las oraciones y buenos pensamientos que nos han enviado de sus almas…Les puedo asegurar que su impacto ha sido milagroso! La diferencia que hemos visto en el espíritu, la determinación y el estado general de mi mami es realmente impactante y no existen las palabras adecuadas para expresarles nuestra gratitude. Y aunque el camino por delante que la llevara a ser de nuevo la diva rebosante de vigor y salud que ven en esta foto, no tenemos duda de que lograra su completa recuperación y será, en gran parte, por las oraciones que ustedes le han enviado con tanto cariño! GRACIAS!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Estefan’s daughter, Emily, has posted touching tributes to her “abuela” since her death:
According to the Miami Herald, Estefan, along with her parents, fled Cuba after the Cuban Revolution.
Since her mother’s passing, the singer has expressed her appreciation and love to her fans for supporting her and her family during this difficult time.