SAN ANTONIO, Texas (FOX 26) - Singer Emilio Navaira, who is beloved by fans for his Tejano music and enjoyed some mild crossover success as an English language country performer, has died of a heart attack at the age of 53 in San Antonio, according to a report from INFO 7 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Navaira won a Grammy award in 2003 for his album "Acuerdate." He and his brother Raulito were known for entertaining fans during live shows with line dances during the instrumental sections of his songs. His Twitter account, @EmilioNavaira, had two photo posts that mourned his loss.
Following a tour bus accident in March 2008, surgeons operated on Navaira's brain on two separate occasions at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center. He also suffered an aneurysm in his right lung which had to be repaired. Months of rehabilitation followed.
Navaira was driving the tour bus on March 23, 2008 when it crashed on the 610 Loop near the Southwest Freeway within Bellaire city limits. The accident threw him through the windshield of the bus.
Sadly, Navaira died in his birthplace of San Antonio.