Local officials announced plans to celebrate Gabriel's career achievements by adding a statue to the cultural tour of Tulum Avenue earlier this year (16), and the singer had hoped to attend the big reveal.

However, he died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Santa Monica, California on 28 August (16), and instead, the unveiling ceremony last week (ends16Sep16) served as a special tribute to the legendary musician.

Juan's statue joins busts of comedian Chespirito, composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez, poet Kahlil Gibran, and civil rights icons Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi on Tulum Avenue.