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.   (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.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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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