Jennifer Lopez's hairstylist & hair guru to the stars, Oribe Canales, dies at 62

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Celebrity hairstylist Oribe Canales has died. He was 62. The Cuban hairdresser's death was confirmed by People on Monday, December 17. The hair dresser's sister Gracie Cuervo reportedly confirmed in an interview with Radar Online that he had died from cardiac arrest after being sick for some time. "He was sick for just a few weeks," Gracie reportedly said. "It wasn't like it was anything he had been struggling with for a long time. It was very fast. He ultimately went into cardiac arrest." She said that although he had been living in Miami, Florida, he traveled to New York to see specialists regarding his unnamed health condition. "I know he wasn't feeling well," she continued. "It was very sudden."

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Oribe rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s, working with the biggest models and actresses in Hollywood, like Naomi Campbell, Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus. He launched a line of namesake haircare products in 2008, which became quite popular in the beauty industry, as well as established his own hair salons. A drove of celebrities took to social media to pay their respects to the late beauty guru. 

Jennifer Lopez, who worked with Oribe throughout her career, reacted to the news on Instagram. "When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe... 'Wow... he's amazing,' I would think," she captioned the post with several photos of them together. "Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup ... honestly, I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said, 'Ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin'... Benny laughed and said, 'Oh OK!' The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment." 

Jennifer continued to express her pain over the loss of the Latino legend.

"We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time ... And when I was tired he would say to me ... 'You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!' We'd laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our 'job,'" she continued. "He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart... Thank you sweet, beautiful man... I will miss you. I love you Oribe... so much... 💔#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia."


He had previously also expressed his love for J.Lo on his Instagram page.

Oribe often shared pics of himself with the celebs he worked with, and Jen was one of the ones he posted often. He once referred to her as the "most glamorous woman in the world," in a post from 2015. So sweet!


Naomi Campbell took to Instagram to reveal she was "broken" by the news.

"Tell me this is not true," she captioned a gorgeous black and white photo of herself with the hairdresser. "My Chosen family Orbie , @oribe broken beyond words .Beautiful SOUL there will never be another . I love you forever 💔💔😪😪😪 #ANGEL."

Miley Cyrus shared a touching tribute on Twitter, and it was heartbreaking.

"Wish I could hug you , wish I could smell the familiar scent of when you walked in to a room," the singer tweeted. "I’d do anything to tell you one more time how beautiful you make me feel .... I love you Oribe. & I Always will. 💔"


The hairdresser hasn't posted much on social media lately, but one of his most recent posts was with Meghan Markle.

He shared a photo with the former Suits actress in May to congratulate her on her wedding to Prince Harry. He hadn't posted anything since June. More members of the beauty community sent out their love via social media, and they all expressed how major his impact was for people who love beauty and hair like he did. He was remembered for his incredible work styling celebrities and models for fashion shows, fashion campaigns and magazine shoots, etc. Emily Ratajkowski also took to Instagram Stories on Monday with a photo of the work he did on her hair, and captioned it: "Rest in power."


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