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Veteran Tejano singer JP, aka Joe Ernest Puente, passes away

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JP aka Joe Ernest Puente | Photo: Evelyn Vasquez / Ev Imagez

Veteran Tejano singer Joe Ernest Puente, also known as JP, passed away on Thursday (Feb. 14). He was 52.

“It is with a heavy heart to post this, but my dad has gained his wings in the gates of heaven,” said a post on the JP Sueno Facebook page. “May he rest in peace. He may be gone but never forgotten.”

According to another post, the singer had been in the hospital since early February.

JP was known as a prominent voice of Tejano music in his hometown of Houston, Texas. He was the frontman for JP Y Sueno and was lead vocalist for Avizo in the 1980s, and was part of Grupo Fuerte and Los Big Katz.

Tejano Nation radio affiliate Tejano Y Mas 101.7 FM and 1540 AM in Houston, also announced JP’s passing and will pay tribute to the singer today, according to a post on their Facebook page, “His legacy lives on with the music he left us. We will be airing his music on our station today.”

This is a developing story. Funeral services are pending and Tejano Nation will have more details as they become available.

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