Hernandez, a hula dancer and singer who emigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines, was a big supporter of her son's music career. Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, started performing in his family's show as an Elvis impersonator at just 4 years old.
Mars is set to begin the Moonshine Jungle Tour on June 22. No word yet if the unexpected news will delay concert dates.
No worse feeling than losing a loved one. My condolences. Prayers for @brunomars.— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) June 2, 2013
@BrunoMars Thoughts and prayers to you fella. I'm sorry for your loss. Our mothers are goddesses.— boygeorge (@BoyGeorge) June 3, 2013
Heart and prayer goes out to Bruno Mars and his whole family. #onedaywewillmeetagain— B* (@__BEKAH) June 2, 2013
My heart is breaking for Bruno Mars and his family tonight. I know all too well, to recent and too deep what they are feeling.my prayers— Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) June 2, 2013
Prayers tonight for Bruno Mars for his loss. Love and peaceful light.— Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) June 3, 2013