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Grammy-winner Tejano star Jimmy Gonzalez dies in San Antonio

June 6, 2018

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jimmy Gonzalez, the frontman for the Grammy-winning Tejano (tay-HAH’-noh) group Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz (ee GROO’-poh MAHS), has died in Texas after becoming ill. He was 67.

A promoter for the group’s label, Freddie Records , says Gonzalez died Wednesday morning in San Antonio. Eloy Leija (EE’-loy LAY’-huh) says Gonzalez, who co-founded the group, had health problems related to diabetes.

Leija says Gonzalez was returning to his native Brownsville following a show and stopped in San Antonio to see relatives when he became ill with low blood sugar issues and suffered cardiac arrest. Leija says Gonzalez was transported to Methodist Hospital, where he died.

Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz earned six Latin Grammy awards for Best Tejano Album, most recently in 2014 for “Forever Mazz.”

Services were pending Wednesday.

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