This story first ran in the Sept. 3 issue of Billboard just before Juan Gabriel died of a heart attack at age 66 on Sunday, Aug. 28. The story remains unchanged from its original print version.
During the 2009 gala to honor Juan Gabriel as The Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year, the Mexican superstar scrambled atop one of the elegant tables in the ballroom of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, scattering the tablecloth and silverware. Arms wide open, Gabriel began...
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