Aneurysm Kills Bruno Mars' Mom

Bernadette Hernandez was 55

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2013 10:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – The 55-year-old mother of pop star Bruno Mars died suddenly yesterday of a brain aneurysm, a publicist for his Atlantic Records label tells the AP. Bernadette Hernandez died at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. She was a singer and hula dancer who immigrated from the Philippines, and was credited as having encouraged Mars' musical talents from a young age. Mars was scheduled to kick off a US tour later this month, adds TMZ.

Bruno Mars performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Bruno Mars performs at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows Bruno Mars performing during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York.
This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows Bruno Mars performing during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Bruno Mars performs at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2013 on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Carson, Calif.
Bruno Mars performs at KIIS FM's "Wango Tango 2013" on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Carson, Calif.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Bruno Mars arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Bruno Mars arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Bruno Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, poses for a portrait on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in New York.
Bruno Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, poses for a portrait on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in New York.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
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