It’s a tough day for Gloria Estefan.
The singer lost her beloved 88-year-old mother, Gloria Fajardo on Tuesday night, taking to Instagram with a moving remembrance.
“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,” Estefan, 59, shared. “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 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,” she continued. “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.”
See her whole post below.
The heartbreaking announcement followed weeks of posts, where Estefan reached out to fans for prayers and love for her mom.
ET spoke with Estefan and her mother at her home in 2015, where the incredible bond the two shared was plainly apparent.
“I never grew up thinking that there was nothing a woman couldn’t do. My mother went out, she worked, she put us through prep school,” the singer-songwriter shared. “She never sat on her laurels or did anything halfway.”
That connection was undoubtedly passed on to Estefan’s daughter, Emily, who joined her mother in December 2015 to talk about taking after her mom in music.
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