Bruno Mars' mother dies at age 55

Musician Bruno Mars arrives at the 2013 Logie Awards at the Crown on April 7, 2013, in Melbourne, Australia. Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The mother of Grammy-winning pop star Bruno Mars has died in Hawaii.

Bernadette Hernandez died Saturday of a brain aneurysm, according to a publicist for Mars' label, Atlantic Records, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the record. People magazine also confirmed the news.

Hernandez was 55 years old. She died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given.

Mars, 27, is one of pop's top acts with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, "When I Was Your Man." His mother, a hula dancer and a singer who immigrated from the Philippines, nurtured her son's interest in music at an early age.

His four sisters -- Jamie, Presley, Tahiti and Tiara Hernandez -- are the subject of a WEtv reality series airing this fall, which documents the recording of their debut album.

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