The visitation took place at the Freeman Coliseum. Fans, family and friends have been arriving Sunday for a final farewell.
He was known as the Garth Brooks of Tejano. His voice and his music loved by so many. Emilio Navaira was a successful singer both in the Tejano and Country music world.
His viewing was made public and his casket was open to his fans, family and friends. Emilio died Tuesday in his New Braunfels home after suffering a massive heart attack. He was only 53.
Our condolences and prayers go to the Navaira Family on the passing of Emilio Navaira. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/8ld0xL4BoZ— Tejano Music Awards (@TejanoAwards) May 17, 2016
Eyewitness News caught up with longtime friend and Tejano star David Lee Garza whom sang with him Emilo when the late star was very young and trying to break into the business.
"It's hurting. We're hurting like everybody else -- all his fans. He started his career with us so we saw him grow up and turn into a soloist the superstar that he was," he said.
Emilio Navaira's funeral is set for 1pm Monday at the San Fernando Cathedral. Eyewitness News anchor/reporter Mayra Moreno will bring us live reports and social media updates.
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