Bruno Mars' mother dies aged 55 in Honolulu, Hawaii

03/06/13

Bruno Mars

The mother of Grammy Award-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii.

Bernadette Hernandez passed away on Saturday, according to a publicist for Mars' label Atlantic Records.

Hernandez was 55 and died in Honolulu from a brain aneurysm at the island's Queens Medical Centre, according to the AP news agency.

Bruno Mars, whose first three songs went to number one in the UK singles chart, headlined Radio 1's Big Weekend in Londonderry on 26 May.

His mother, a hula dancer and a singer who emigrated to America from the Philippines, is said to have nurtured her son's interest in music from an early age.

Both the singer's albums - Doo-Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox - have also made it to number one on the Official Album Chart.

The 27-year-old won the Grammy for best male pop vocal performance in 2011 for his track Just the Way You Are.

His brother, Eric, is the drummer in his band.

Bruno Mars performed a medley of hits including Grenade, Locked Out Of Heaven and When I Was Your Man at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Around 40,000 people attended the three-day event in Derry's Ebrington Square.

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