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Bruno Mars' mother dies at age 55

Published: Jun. 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM HST
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Photo of the Hernandez family in 2012. (Courtesy: Honolulu Star-Advertiser/MidWeek)
Photo of the Hernandez family in 2012. (Courtesy: Honolulu Star-Advertiser/MidWeek)
Bernadette Hernandez (middle with hat) died Saturday of a brain aneurysm (Source:...
Bernadette Hernandez (middle with hat) died Saturday of a brain aneurysm (Source: rhapsodyincolour /YouTube)
Bruno Mars hugs his mother before concert in Philippines (Source: rhapsodyincolour /YouTube)
Bruno Mars hugs his mother before concert in Philippines (Source: rhapsodyincolour /YouTube)

Friends of Bruno Mars said his family is shaken after the death of his mother, Bernadette Hernandez. However, they also said the family was not ready to make any statements, and would appreciate privacy at this time.

The original story from the Associated Press appears below.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii.

Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars' label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the record.

Hernandez was 55 years old. She died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given.

Mars is one of pop's top acts with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, "When I Was Your Man." His mother, a hula dancer and a singer who immigrated from the Philippines, nurtured her son's interest in music at an early age.

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