Bruno Mars’ Mother Dies Following Brain Aneurysm, Aged 55

Name checked as one of his most important influences and supports, Bruno Mars’ mother, Bernadette Hernandez has passed away over the weekend following a brain aneurysm. She died at Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, Mars’ hometown, aged 55.

Much like her son, Hernandez experienced success through a pursuit of music. Born in the Philippines and immigrating to Hawaii, Hernandez was a hula dancer and singer. It didn’t take too long for Mars (real name Peter Hernandez) to catch the performing bug; at the age of just two he was joining his family on stage doing Elvis Presley impersonations.

Hernandez was highly supportive of all her children’s musical endeavors. Mars has 4 sisters who perform in the outfit The Lylas, and a brother who plays drums in the pop star’s band.

Mars’ Moonshine Jungle tour will be heading Down Under in February 2014.

(Via AP)

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