Gloria Estefan’s mother has passed away.
The 59-year-old singer is mourning the loss of her beloved parent, "the inimitable" Gloria Fajardo, after she passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday (13.06.17).
In message on Instagram, she wrote: "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."
She added that her time of death – 8:19 – carried a lot of significance for the family, who took it as a comforting sign.
She continued: "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."
Gloria added: "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."
Concluding her emotional tribute, the star thanked fans and loved ones for their support during such a difficult time.
She wrote: "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."