The passing of Tejano artist Emilio Navaira has taken everyone by surprise.
Police in New Braunfels said family members found him unconscious at his home on Monday night night and it may have been from natural causes.
We spoke to Stanton native, and close friend of Navaira, Michael Salgado. He said his heart is broken.
Emilio and Michael were friends for many years and they worked together on the stage countless times and even released a duet together.
The last time Michael saw Emilio was about a month ago.
Michael said his friend will be greatly missed and his passing leaves a large hole in the Tejano industry.
Emilio's son, Diego, has taken to Facebook saying, "It's because of you I live to the fullest, traveled the world and played music with passion." Diego went on to say his father will forever be in his heart.
Just last month, Emilio was in Midland to participate in the festivities at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Emilio is described as the king of Tejano Music. Even widely credited for introducing Tejano music into the mainstream back in the 90's with the late singer, Selena.