Emilio Navaira has died at the age of 53, Univision reported. The Tejano legendary star suffered from a heart attack on Monday, May 16. Publicist Norma Duran confirmed the rumors on Facebook posting the following message: "I regretfully inform you that the rumor has been confirmed. The Texas musical family is mourning. Rest in peace Emilio Navaira. My deepest condolences to all his family and fans." 

Felix Mendoza from the Texas Talent Musicians Association wrote: "On behalf of TTMA and Staff and all Emilio Navaira Tejano Music Fans our Prayer Goes out to His Family and Raulito Navaira on Emilio Navaira Passing. Tejano Music Mourn the loss of Tejano Music Icon Emilio Navaira. Our Music has lost one of the great performers in our Genre."

Navaira is credited to making Tejano music becoming mainstream. He was the male counterpart to Selena Quintanilla. The "Queen Of Tejano" and Navaira became close friends and even had a song together called "Tú Robaste Mi Corazón," which you can listen to down below. When Quintanilla was killed, it was rumored that the woman that shot her was Navaira's wife because the two had gotten so close. It was reported that soon after the gossip spread, Navaira's office received death threats. It was ultimately confirmed Yolanda Saldivar was the assailant.

Navaira was often comparted to Garth Brooks, but he made his own dent in the music industry. The singer scored hit songs like "Por Siempre Unidos" and "It's Not The End Of The World." Navaira has two siblings -- Raúl Navaira, who performs back-up vocals, and Yvette Navaira. The late singer had five children, three from his first marriage to Cynthia Navaira and two from his second marriage to Maru Navaira. He divorced the latter in 2011. It is reported that Emilio Navaira's last performance was a concert in Monterrey, México, which was in celebration of Mother's Day.