VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty ImagesJohn Fogerty is among the many artists paying tribute to popular Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel, who died Sunday at the age of 66.

Fogerty said in a statement that he was interested in collaborating with Gabriel, a six-time Grammy nominee who recorded a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” earlier this year.

“My heart is heavy and very sad today for Juan Gabriel has passed away,” Fogerty said in a statement Sunday. “Juan is a legend in the world of Latin Music and someone that I truly admire. He has written and recorded hundreds of beautiful songs and recently had recorded a wonderful version of my song ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ that I love very much.

“We had talked about performing this song together and I was looking forward to a new friendship with this amazingly talented man,” Fogerty added.

Gabriel’s hits included “Hasta Que Te Conoci” (“Until I Met You”), “Amor Eterno” (“Eternal Love”) and “Querida” (“Dear”).

He performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Friday night and had been scheduled to perform in El Paso, Texas, Sunday night.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted Sunday, “I regret the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the great musical icons of our country. My condolences to his relatives and friends.”

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