"Tonight at 8:19p.m., we lost my beloved mother, the inimitable Gloria Fajardo," the singer/songwriter wrote. "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."
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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Estefan's daughter Emily Estefan also mourned the passing of her "Rapuela," as she used to call her, since Emily would often upload videos of her grandmother rapping on social media. "I cry for her as the sky does on this rainy day, and to anyone else who shares that pain, we grow as one unit of light, ever larger, ever stronger, for a woman who far exceeded her physical state and forever will."
Days before her mother's passing, the Grammy-winning singer canceled her performance at Green Music Center in Napa Valley, California scheduled for July 13.
"I know that many of you are already aware of the situation we have been dealing with, and have been sending prayers and support which means the world to me and my family," Estefan wrote on her social media post. "It is in that spirit, that I ask for your understanding and continued prayers through this most difficult time."
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