Gloria Estefan's Mother Passes Away at 88

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Gloria Estefan's mother, Gloria Fajardo, has died at 88-years-old.

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The Cuban-born star took to Instagram Tuesday evening to mourn the loss of her beloved mom. "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," Estefan wrote. 

The Grammy-award winning singer revealed her mother, who passed away at 8:19 pm on June 13, was surrounded by her family, including "her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends." According to Estefan, the time of Fajardo’s death has an important significance to the family. “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,” she explained.

In recent weeks, the songstress had taken to social media to post several photos alongside her mother asking fans for their thoughts and prayer. "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," the mother-of-two said. 

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Last week, the 59-year-old announced the cancellation of a show scheduled for July 15 to care for her mother.

Read Gloria Estefan's entire heartbreaking message below.

 

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.

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