Gloria Estefan is saying goodbye to one of her biggest fans.
The “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” singer shared an emotional post on Instagram Tuesday night announcing that her mother, Gloria Fajardo, passed away. She was 88, according to E! News.
Estefan said that Fajardo passed peacefully and was surrounded by family and “her most trusted friends,” two of whom were pictured in the post.
“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,” Estefan, 59, wrote.
The singer revealed that Fajardo’s time of death held a special meaning.
“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 said.
“I will miss her every moment of every day,” she added. “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. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙
Estefan also thanked fans for their support and concern in past weeks. She and her daughter, Emily, had posted on Instagram several times recently with photos of Fajardo asking for prayers for her health.
The star also canceled a concert scheduled for July 15 at Sonoma State University in California due to her mother’s illness.
I'm calling, once again, on all my prayer warriors…If you have a spare moment please send my momma, Gloria Fajardo, your prayers, love & light to give her strength throughout her difficult healing process. I love you & thank you for all the beautiful messages & sentiments that you've sent to us already…🙏🏻✌️😘❤️🌻🌻☀️❤️ Les pido de nuevo a mis guerrilleros de la oración que, si tienen un momento libre, le envíen, oraciones, amor y luz a mi mami, Gloria Fajardo para darle fuerza durante este momento difícil en su sanacion. Los quiero mucho y les doy muchas gracias por los bellos mensajes y sentimientos que nos han enviado…🙏🏻😘❤️🌻✌️🤗☀️❤️
#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 ❤️
No matter what, it's going to be ok. Right from Rapuela herself ! If you are having a hard day, catch some love, it's coming your way! Sending love and light to everyone today and always, sorry we've been absent, but we're always thankful for the love! Cyber hugs and kisses for all!!! ❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘😘❤️😘😘😘 #Rapuela
Fajardo had a fan base of her own thanks to videos with her granddaughter Emily in which she rapped, earning her the nickname “Rapuela.”