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Bruno Mars’ mother passes away unexpectedly

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jun 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-02 15:02:03-04

brunoSinger Bruno Mars’ mother has died unexpectedly, TMZ reports.

Bernadette Hernandez suffered a brain aneurysm and died at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, a source told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

She was 55.

Hernandez immigrated from the Philippines and was a hula dancer and singer. Sources say she encouraged her son’s musical talent from a very young age.

Mars is scheduled to begin his U.S. tour later this month.