Family of Emilio Navaira speaks for first time since singer's death

Family, fans mourns Tejano music legend

SAN ANTONIO – The grief-stricken family of Tejano music legend Emilio Navaira held a press conference on Wednesday, where they spoke publicly for the first time since he died Monday night.

"We want to thank everyone for their prayers and the support," Emilio's brother, Raulito Navaira, said.

Raulito Navaira was joined by his daughter and Emilio's three oldest children outside Market Square.

"The pain we are going through is really, really hard, and that helps us know that my brother was loved by so many," Raulito Navaira said.

Emilio's son's, Diego and Emilio, also both spoke and gave their thanks to the fans for all their support.

"He's going to live on in our hearts and all of your hearts and through his beautiful music," Diego Navaira said.

Emilio Navaira was found unresponsive at his home in New Braunfels on Monday evening. New Braunfels police said it appears the death was caused from natural causes, but an autopsy would determine the exact cause of death.

Emilio Navaira and his brother have been entertaining fans for years and were known for dancing on stage together.

"The last words my brother would say after every show was, 'Los Amo,'" Raulito Navaira said.

The following are funeral arrangements:

Visitation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday at the Freeman Coliseum

  • Rosary begins at 4 p.m.

Funeral Mass: 1 p.m. Monday at San Fernando Cathedral

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