Chris Pérez, the widow of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla, posted a heartfelt message on social media Thursday (March 31), the 27th anniversary of the Tejano star’s death.
“Remembering her extraordinary life, her gift of music, and her everlasting legacy,” Pérez wrote. “Selena continues to inspire us all. Forever in our hearts.”
Selena was murdered at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995, by her friend and president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, at a Corpus Christi motel. Since that tragic day, Pérez has always been open about his love for his late wife. In 2012, he released his book, To Selena, with Love, as a tribute to her.
“Sending a huge Thank You to all of Selena’s fans for the great things you do to help keep her memory and legacy alive and passing her music down from generation to generation,” he continued. “Here we are, together…all these years later with her light shining as bright today as it ever did.”
Friends and followers also commented on Pérez’s post with their own sentiments. Musician Tito Puente Jr. wrote, “She is remembered always, hermano” while singer and songwriter Victoria La Mala wrote, “Selena forever.”
Last week, Pérez reminded fans that Selena’s 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez would be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a re-release at theaters on April 7.
“Celebrating a legend, her legacy and music,” Chris Pérez wrote.
Later this month, according to Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, a new Selena album will be released with new music.