In the Monday installment of the E! Entertainment documentaries “True Hollywood Story” Pérez, 51, reported the death of his wife by her former fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar.
Saldívar shot and killed Quintanilla-Pérez, known worldwide as Selena, on March 31, 1995.
“It was traumatic,” said Pérez, who was 25 at the time of Selena’s murder. “It was the hardest to the point that I ever had to go through. I miss her face, her smile. She was just an amazing soul, an amazing mind.”
Pérez also gave a message to fans who consider Selena’s loved ones to be partly responsible for their death.
“I’ve heard fans say, ‘How can we let this happen?’ ” he said. “Come on. Do you think I would let anything happen to her? Seriously? Neither of us thought that was even a possibility.”
He continued, “We were safe along the way, so I’ve never really feared for her safety, especially the way it happened to her. The fact that one of her friends did that is just amazing.”
Selena has taken six albums of posthumously released material to # 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. Her album “Dreaming of You”, which came out less than four months after her death, was the first album by a Latin American artist to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200.
Pérez also set about finishing “Dreaming of You” after Selena’s death.
“They pushed me to play to record the guitar tracks and hear their voice coming through the speakers in the studio. It was just painful to create parts and make them sound a certain way when they are really inside you.” I’m just dying, “he said.
Pérez added that Selena “taught me a lot”.
“Just simple things,” he continued. “I’ve never told people that I love or miss them, or just give them presents, just because. I learned these things and many, many other things from her.”
Selena’s music career began around the age of 9 when she became the singer for her family’s band, Selena y los Dinos. She became a Grammy winner, best-selling artist, fashion designer, and so much more: the music of the Queen of Tejano, one of the most popular Mexican-American singers.
A biographical film was released in 1997 (starting the career of another famous Latina, Jennifer Lopez). Forever 21 and MAC Cosmetics have each released collections inspired by Selena, and she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
Her siblings paid tribute to her on Tuesday with her brother on Instagram AB Quintanilla Write “Miss you sister” and her sister Suzette Quintanilla Write “Te amo y Te extrano” which means “I love you and I miss you”.
Contributors: Vicky Camarillo, Corpus Christi Caller Times; Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY