Tejano music icon Emilio Navaira dies at 53

Emilio Navaira, a Tejano music legend, died Monday, according to New Braunfels Police. (WOAI file photo)

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (WOAI) - Emilio Navaira, a Tejano music legend, died Monday, according to New Braunfels Police. He was 53 years old.

A neighbor who lives across the street from Navaira said he spoke with Navaira's wife shortly after she found him lying unresponsive on the floor in their home.

"He moved across the street from me about a year ago and just recently started working on his health," said the neighbor, who did not wish to reveal his name. "Every day he rode his bike, trying to get back into shape. He was such a nice guy and neighbor, too."

The New Braunfels Police Department states that its preliminary investigation determined Navaira died of natural causes, but said an autopsy would be performed. We'll continue to update this story as information becomes available.

Navaira's music producer speaks about recent record they were working on

"Just hearing the beauty of what he did and that was effortless for him, just effortless you know," says, Emilio Navaira's producer, Michael Morales

Emilio recorded that song last week inside Michael Morales' studio, we have the honor of sharing with you, the first time it was played for the public.

"He was ready for a comeback and that is the reason that we put this record together, we got all the old players together, his brother Raulito and my brother Ron, and the band was supporting us and he was looking great," says, Emilio Navaira's producer, Michael Morales

Emilio was a legend in Tejano music. He and his brother, Raulito put on unforgettable shows. 8 years ago the artist was in a terrible accident in Houston, crashing his tour bus.

After a long rehabilitation he was back and performing. Now after his shocking and tragic death, other Tejano artists are remembering the genuine, thoughtful human being he was.

"He cared, he really cared, he loved the people, and the music and the whole culture and he represented that, and you could see the love on stage, he was, I would just describe him there, he was just a very charismatic person," says, Tejano artist, Patsy Torres

Morales says Emilio's work was effortless and every song came from his heart and soul.

"When he puts his voice over one of the tracks we have been working on it just brings it to life to the track and that is the magic that is Emilio Navaira," says, Morales

Emilio leaves behind a family of musicians...and fans who will never forget this iconic musician.

"This artist Emilio Navaira was not only an icon, but he was an entire movement in music," says, Morales

Tributes to Navaira began to flood social media networks as news of his death spread

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