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Texas Hill Country Loses One of Its Own: Emilio Navaira Dead at 53

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According to Fox News, on Monday, May 16, 2016, Emilio Navaira III was found unresponsive by his wife in his New Braunfels home. At the age of 53, there is speculation that he suffered from a heart attack although this has not been confirmed yet.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1962, Emilio grew up on the Southside of San Antonio and attended McCollum High School graduating in 1980. After high school, Emilio attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas majoring in music. Emilio also considered teaching but chose the path of the entertainment world instead. Emilio was influenced by both Tejano music legends and country music legends: Little Joe y la Familia, Ramon Ayala and Pedro Infante, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, and George Strait. Emilio performed both Tejano and Country music, charting more than 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks Charts and six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. He was known as the “Garth Brooks” of Tejano.

Some of Emilio’s greatest hits were: “Not the End of the World”, which came out in late 1995 on his album Life is Good and “Por Siempre Unidos”, which reached number 7 on the Latin Pop Airplay in 1996.

Condolences to his family (Emilio was survived by five children), friends, and all his fans, and may he rest in peace.