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Johnny Canales dies at 76: Tejano music legend who helped Selena Quintanilla break into the mainstream passes away

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Tejano music legend Johnny Canales, who helped singer Selena Quintanilla break into the mainstream, has died aged 76 (pictured in 2005).

Tejano music legend Johnny Canales, who helped singer Selena Quintanilla break into the mainstream, has died at age 76.

The star’s wife, Nora, announced his death on social media Thursday, paying tribute to Canales’ “infectious charisma” and his dedication to promoting Latin music.

The post read: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Johnny Canales.

‘He was more than a loving husband, father, television presenter, musician and entertainer; he was a beacon of hope and joy to countless people.

‘His infectious charisma and dedication to promoting Latin music and culture left a great mark on the world.

Tejano music legend Johnny Canales, who helped singer Selena Quintanilla break into the mainstream, has died aged 76 (pictured in 2005).

The singer and host of The Johnny Canales Show, which debuted in 1983, is credited with introducing Selena to the music scene, with one of the future star's first live performances on his show when she was 13 years old in 1985. photographed together in 1994.

The singer and host of The Johnny Canales Show, which debuted in 1983, is credited with introducing Selena to the music scene, with one of the future star’s first live performances on his show when she was 13 years old in 1985. photographed together in 1994.

‘Johnny’s spirit will live on through the countless lives he touched and the legacy he built.

‘We thank you all for your kind words, love and support during this difficult time. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. Remember him not with sadness, but with the joy and passion he always brought to our lives.’

The singer and host of The Johnny Canales Show, which debuted in 1983, is credited with introducing Selena to the music scene, with one of the future star’s first live performances on his show, when she was 13, on 1985.

Their program featured emerging bands from Mexico and the United States that included La Sombra de Chicago, Nancy, La Mafia, Mazz, Intocable and Grupo Pegasso De Emilio Reyna.

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