Bruno Mars’s mother passes away

The Filipina mother of Grammy award-winning singer-composer and record producer Bruno Mars died on Saturday, June 1, at the age of 55.

Bernadette Bayot Hernandez died from brain aneurysm after being rushed to The Queens Medical Center in Hawaii, following a heart attack that put her in critical condition.

Bernadette, a native of Baclaran, Parañaque, migrated to Hawaii in the ’70s. She was a former hula dancer and singer who had nurtured her son’s interest in entertainment.

Bruno and his sibling have been very vocal and expressive about their love for their mother. At four years old, Bruno composed a song for her titled “I Love You Mom.” A singing group, The Lylas, is composed of Bruno’s four sisters, Presley, Tiara, Jaime and Tahiti.

Several artists and industry friends have already offered their condolences to Bruno, mostly via Twitter. Among them are Rihanna, former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, Boy George, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Amber Riley, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Bruno is scheduled to kick off a world tour on June 22 in Washington, D.C. His latest single, “When I Was Your Man,” is currently No. 10 on the Hot 100.

He has yet to comment on the unexpected passing of his mother.