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Bernadette Hernandez, Bruno Mars’ Mother, Dies Of Brain Aneurysm

Bernadette Hernandez, Bruno Mars’ Mother, Dies Of Brain Aneurysm

06/03/2013

The mother of Bruno Mars, the Hawaiian born Grammy-winning singer, died on Saturday in a Honolulu hospital from a brain aneurysm, a rep for the singer told CNN. Bernadette Hernandez was 55.

Hernandez, a former hula dancer and singer, had immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines. She was known to be a great supporter of Mars’ musical ambitions.

Mars, born Peter Gene Hernadez, moved to Los Angeles as a young adult to pursue a music career that began at the age of 4 when he started doing Elvis Presley impersonations. After making a living writing and producing, he shot to personal fame with 2010’s “Just The Way You Are,” off his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. He won a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance for the single.

Mars’ other hits include, "Grenade," "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man." His tour for Unorthodox Jukebox is set to resume on June 22.

Rihanna was just one of many in the music industry to express their condolences at Mars’ loss. “Sending my love and condolences to @BrunoMars at this difficult time!” Rihanna tweeted. “I’m sincerely praying for you bro!”

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