SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Grammy Award winning Tejano star Emilio Navaira has died in South Texas. He was 53 years old.
Police in New Braunfels said in a statement Tuesday that preliminary results indicate that the entertainer died of natural causes.
Officers were dispatched to a home in the city Monday night after relatives reported finding Navaira not breathing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in New Braunfels, 20 miles northeast of Navaira’s hometown of San Antonio.
An autopsy will be conducted.
Navaira, who was known to his fans as simply Emilio, was critically injured in 2008 when he was catapulted through the windshield of his tour bus in an accident in the Houston area. Navaira later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
He won a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Tejano Album, “Acuerdate.”
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