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Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Canales Dies at 62

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Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Canales Dies at 62

Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Canales Dies at 62

Oribe Canales, the legendary longtime celebrity hairstylist has passed away. According to multiple reports, he died this Monday at the age of 62.

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The Cuban-born stylist who became a household name to Hollywood had previously worked with stars like Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Markle, Cher, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more. While the circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, his famous clients have taken to social media to mourn the tragic loss of the beloved fashion icon.

J.Lo took to her Instagram to share a heartbreaking post, reflecting on the years they spent working together,

“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!! 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 [Kevyn Aucoin]’ Benny laughed and said oh OK!” Lopez remembered. 

She added,

“The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. 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’ !! 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…,” the star concluded. 

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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!! 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. 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” !! 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

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell posted about the stylist:

“Tell me this is not true, my Chosen family [Oribe], @oribe broken beyond words. Beautiful SOUL there will never be another. I love you forever.”

Singer and actress Miley Cyrus was devastated and shocked by the news. She also took to Instagram to remember her time with Oribe.

“What they say is true ….. my heart is in a thousand tiny pieces today….. can’t catch my breath ….. oh how I will miss my sweet friend @oribecanales,” she wrote along with several photos of them together behind the scenes. “Knowing I can’t call you right now to laugh, to talk hair, to talk life, to talk s–t, makes me shake in disbelief. Wish I could hug you, wish I could smell the familiar scent of when you walked in to a room. I’d do anything to tell you one more time how beautiful you make me feel …. I love you Oribe. & I Always will.”

Although Oribe is no longer with us he leaves behind a long legacy in the fashion and beauty industries.

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