Bruno Mars' mother dies of brain aneurysm

Bruno Mars performs during the 2012 Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall.

Story highlights

  • Bruno Mars was just 4 when he began performing as an Elvis impersonator
  • Mars grew up in Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles to write songs
  • It's not clear whether his scheduled tour will be affected by his mom's death

The mother of Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars died of a brain aneurysm in a Honolulu, Hawaii, hospital Saturday, a Mars representative told CNN Sunday. Bernadette Hernandez was 55.

Mars -- born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii 27 years ago -- was just 4 when he began performing in his family's show as an Elvis impersonator.

He moved to Los Angeles as a young adult to write and produce for other artists, but his last three years have been his most successful.

His debut album for Atlantic Records, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," includes "Just The Way You Are," which won him a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance in 2010. The album and his hit single "Grenade" were nominated for three Grammys in 2011.

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His second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," includes the hits "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man."

Mars is set to resume touring on June 22, but it was not immediately clear whether the concert schedule would be affected by his mother's death.