Bruno Mars’s Mother Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Bruno Mars


updated 06/02/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 06/02/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET

The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars died of a brain aneurysm Saturday in Hawaii, a rep at the singer’s label confirms to PEOPLE.

Hernandez was 55 years old. She passed in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given, according to the Associated Press.

Mars, 27, 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.

Bruno Mars and family

Courtesy of Presley Hernandez


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