Bruno Mars' Mother Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Bernadette Hernandez was a former hula dancer and singer who immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines, and nurtured her son's music career

By Brandi Fowler
|  Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:20 PM EDT
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American singer-songwriter and record producer Peter Gene Hernandez, better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, poses for a portrait on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in New York.

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Bruno Mars' mother has passed away from a brain aneurysm.

Bernadette Hernandez, 55, died Saturday in Hawaii at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, E! News has confirmed.

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Hernandez was a former hula dancer and singer who immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines, and nurtured her son's music career, according to Rolling Stone.

Back in 2011 when Mars was nominated for seven Grammys, Hernandez said in an interview, "Bruno I am so so proud of you. I knew this was going to happen but not this extent," she said. "I still think of him as my baby and keep forgetting he is a grown man."

"We're a very close family...I think that's what I want my kids to develop and carry on for the next generation.

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Mars wrote and recorded a song for his mom when he was just four years old, called "I Love You Mom," in which he sings, "I love you Mom, you are my favorite girl."

Our prayers go out to Mars and his family.

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