SOUTHWEST RANCHES — The son of dead Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel designated by a will as his sole heir has started unloading a slew of South Florida properties owned by “El Divo De Juarez” while two of his alleged siblings are fighting in court for their piece of the flamboyant singer’s pie.
Gabriel, whose real name was Alberto Aguilera, died of a heart attack at his house in Santa Monica, Calif., in August 2016.
The singer of Amor Eterno and Querida left $30 million worth of assets, including more than 30 properties in Mexico and several U.S. states as well as a number of children that sometimes varies.
While his biographies usually consider he’s had six, Gabriel claimed in his will he only had four kids.
And since his death at the age of 66, a woman claimed to be No. 7, or No. 5, depending on they’re counted.
The lack of clarity has led to lawsuits, including one in Broward County filed in Sept. 2016.
That’s where Gabriel’s only heir, Ivan Aguilera, lives.
And while the lawsuit is being fought, Ivan has been busy trying to unload his dad’s four adjacent properties in Southwest Ranches.
According to real estate records, 30.8 acres are for sale at 13900, 13920 and 14080 Stirling Road and on the nearby Hancock Road.
Ivan put them up for sale earlier this year individually: 13900 Stirling Road is a vacant lot on sale for $2.5 million; 13920 Stirling, with a home with 12 bedrooms and nine bathrooms; is offered for $4.7 million; 14080 Sterling has a smaller house and is on the market for $1 million. There’s no official listing for the vacant Hancock Road property but it would be sold to a buyer willing to take the entire package.
Records show Juan Gabriel bought the pastoral plots in the mid-2000s.
The realtor with the listings didn’t return calls for comment.
In 2013, Juan Gabriel caused some controversy by claiming an agricultural tax exemption for the properties in an attempt to lower his property taxes.
He based the type of request reserved for farmers and growers by claiming the presence of 15 goats and five cows on the land.
His exemption was declined, records show, and his estate is now paying more than $100,000 a year in property taxes.