“Gabriel, (September 19, 1969 - December 15, 1995), was such a perfect name for him. He brought ease, grace and power both in his movement and his life. On stage in front of millions, he came alive. Off stage, his smile and warmth won the hearts of everyone around.
Gabe didn’t share his battle with HIV with us on tour with Madonna. Maybe it was a welcome distraction to be on tour and living on stage where everything made sense.
I remember going to the airport together for a gig. When we got out of the car, Gabe and Ken shared a long passionate kiss goodbye by the car. There were some very disgusted comments and scrunched faces from onlookers, but he didn’t care at all. That moment taught me so much about life and who he was. He wanted to live life on his own terms.
Gabe felt like an old soul, someone who understood that little upsets were unimportant. We got to work and travel together a lot, but just walking, exploring, even eating in silence or sitting on a bench with him were moments full of life.
Like so many, Gabe’s story is too big to contain in a few sentences. Like so many, he is never forgotten.
Gabe, you touched so many. More than you ever got to see. I too say your name aloud to bring your heart to us again, if just for an instant. We are forever greater for having known you.” — by Kevin Stea @kevinstea
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