Gloria Estefan announced to fans that her mother Gloria Fajardo passed away Tuesday night. She was 88. 

"Tonight at 8:19 pm we lost my beloved mother, the inimitable Gloria Fajardo. She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends, very especially, the two beautiful ladies in each side in this picture, Carmen Corpion & Clara Bris," she writes in the touching Instagram post. "They were an integral part of her posse not only throughout her life but to her last breath. I know it was exactly the way she would have wanted her departure from this earth to be, surrounded by love and the true representations of everyone that was special to her in life."

The singer then went on to explain that her mother's time of death has a particular significance for their family. 

"know she chose the very moment, 8:19, because her beloved mother had died on 8/19 thirty-two years ago and she wanted to make sure that we got the message that she was with our beloved grandmother, Abuela Consuelo and my loving father, Jose Manuel," she explains. "I will miss her every moment of every day, and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many people." 

 

For several months the 59-year-old star has kept fans updated about her mother's health, she was met with an outpour of love and support from all of her followers. 

"Thank you for your prayers and messages, and the love and concern that filled our hearts and accompanied us throughout this most difficult time. Please know that at every moment, I let her know about the love and light that was being sent to her and she appreciated and absorbed every beautiful sentiment. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts and gently holding our hands," she says.

Tonight at 8:19 pm we lost my beloved mother, the inimitable Gloria Fajardo. She went peacefully surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, son-in-laws, niece, three loving caregivers, extended family and her most trusted friends, very especially, the two beautiful ladies in each side in this picture, Carmen Corpion & Clara Bris. They were an integral part of her posse not only throughout her life but to her last breath. I know it was exactly the way she would have wanted her departure from this earth to be, surrounded by love and the true representations of everyone that was special to her in life. I know she chose the very moment, 8:19, because her beloved mother had died on 8/19 thirty-two years ago and she wanted to make sure that we got the message that she was with our beloved grandmother, Abuela Consuelo and my loving father, Jose Manuel. I will miss her every moment of every day and I thank her for being the incredible mother, woman and role model that she was to so many people. Thank you for your prayers and messages, and the love and concern that filled our hearts and accompanied us throughout this most difficult time. Please know that at every moment, I let her know about the love and light that was being sent to her and she appreciated and absorbed every beautiful sentiment. Thank you for keeping us in your hearts and gently holding our hands. ??????????????????????

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It was Estefan's daughter, Emily, that showed the world just how amazing her grandmother was by creating rap videos on Instagram of herself and her talented grandma. Fajardo took on the name of Rapuela and fans we're obsessed! And although Emily is a musical star, Rapuela stole the show every single time. 

Emily took to Instagram to honor her grandmother Wednesday morning with a touching post. 

Abuelita mía, Please hold up our hearts from heaven. And in that process, May the million strings of light that connect us be eternal, and fruitful: as you were and shall be. I will write about you until my hands cramp, wrinkle, and resemble yours. I will talk about you until my mouth dries and ages and people start to call ME Abuela. I will laugh and cry enough for millions of lifetimes, because ten minutes with you can supply one with enough love and wisdom for that. I miss you. Beyond words. And I will miss you with a pain I could never erase, but a pain I will carry like a badge of honor, knowing that my soul has the absolute privilege of being tethered to yours. The privilege that allows me to see those millions of tiny feathery beams of light, connected from each and every one of us that loved you, up to you. Dancing in perfect harmony until we can be together again. Te quiero Abuelita. Thank you to everyone who has sent love, light, and prayers. They are felt, appreciated, and needed. Let's celebrate the glory that was Gloria Fajardo. I Cry for her as the sky does on this rainy day, and to anyone else who shares that pain, we grow as one unit of light, ever larger, ever stronger, for a woman who far exceeded her physical state and forever will. I love you. I love you. I love you.

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She's backkkkkkkk #Rapuela ????????

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This feeling. This feeling I'm sitting in right now. Could never be expressed in words.. but.. this is my best try: Imagine hollowing the earth then grabbing the sun and putting it inside. The sun inside the earth. That's the feeling in my chest. Seeing my Abuelita read my thank you to her in my album booklet. I am so blessed to be able to add this page to my book, both in my art, and in my life. I am so blessed. ?? come celebrate with me Feb 2 at UM, 8pm , Festival Miami: and the day after, My album is released from my soul and available for yours !! Peace and Love !! Hope to see you guys around soon!! Esta sensación. Esta sensación en la cual me encuentro sentada en este momento. Jamás la pudiera expresar con palabras..pero..este es mi mejor intento: Imaginen vaciar el mundo y después agarrar al sol y meterlo dentro. El sol adentro del mundo. Esa es la sensación que tengo en mi pecho. Ver a mi Abuelita leyendo mi agradecimiento a ella en el librito que viene con mi álbum. Me siento tan bendecida de poder añadir esta página a mi libro, tanto en mi arte como en mi vida. Soy tan bendecida?? Vengan a celebrar conmigo Febrero 2 en la Universidad de Miami a las 8pm para Festival Miami: y el día después, mi disco será lanzado de mi alma y disponible para los suyos!! Paz y amor!! Espero verlos por ahí muy pronto!!

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Happy thanksgiving from #Rapuela inc. to you and yours !!! We love you ! Mucho amor ??????????#selfishstick

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We'll sure miss you, Rapuela. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

 

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