Rest in peace, Gloria "Rapuela" Fajardo.
Iconic singer Gloria Estefan sadly announced on Tuesday, June 13, that her mother has died at age 88 after a long health battle.
"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," Gloria, 59, wrote on Instagram alongside a pic of her mother with her two beloved friends.
The time she passed away also had a very significant meaning. "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 32 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 continued.
"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," Gloria added of her mom, who was particularly close with Gloria's daughter, Emily, 22. Emily would often post videos of herself and her grandma rapping as well as inspirational messages about her.
Gloria concluded, "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." Understandably, Gloria has also canceled her July concert in California.
You will be missed, Rapuela. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.