The Conjunto Hall of Famer was admitted to the hospital over the weekend, reportedly for congestive heart failure and kidney problems, and passed away at 3:45 a.m. Monday morning.
“It is with a heavy heart as y’all may know my dad Gilberto Garcia has gone to be with God,” Garcia’s daughter Mari Garcia shared on Facebook. “On behalf of my dad, he wanted all his fans and friends all over, that he loved every one of you. My dad was the best man anyone could know and was loved by so many. He has left his mark in this world doing what he loved and will forever be remembered, we love you Dad!”
As news of the legendary accordionist’s passing hit social media, Conjunto and Tejano stars paid tribute to the musician on their own social media outlets.
“Heaven has gained another Angel,” Conjunto legend Linda Escobar wrote on her Facebook page. “Gilberto Garcia left us hundreds of his music and Beautiful memories. I’d like to thank Mr. G’s fans and friends who have been praying for him over the past difficult days. Today, GOD embraced his son, Gilberto Garcia in Paradise.”
“Today one of my great friends my hero’s passed on to a better life,” Raulito Navaira wrote on his Facebook page. “Today I remember Gilberto Garcia and his music that influenced me so much in my career and other great artist too. Condolences to the Garcia Family and to all his fans. Gilberto thank you for your beautiful music, we’ll miss you always En paz descanse Viva GILBERTO GARCIA VIVA LOS DOS GILBERTOS.”
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our friend, compadre y hermano, un gran musico, Gilberto Garcia,” Ruben Garza y La Nueva Era Musical wrote on the band’s Facebook page. “Rest in Peace. Por favor, keep the Garcia family in your prayers and thoughts. God bless.”
“R.I.P. Mr. Gilberto Garcia from Los Dos Gilbertos/ 2 Gs,” the Conjunto Outlaws wrote on their official Facebook page. “Legendary and influential to say the least, thank you for the many many years of beautiful music and awesome talent you shared with us! Our condolences to his family. Sad day for Conjunto.”
Garcia was the leader of Los Dos Gilbertos and one of the vocalists of the legendary band. Los Dos Gilbertos is known for old style Conjunto music for the working class folk and played to such crowds in the local dance halls. They have a huge selection of music and have recorded for several record labels, including Hacienda Records which holds the largest Los Dos Gilbertos catalogue.
WATCH: Los Dos Gilbertos perform at the 2015 Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio.