The Christian and Gospel music community today is mourning the loss of a great talent and even greater friend. Gabriel Patillo passed away Friday, April 12th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Son of GMA President Jackie Patillo, the entire GMA staff knew and loved Gabe like family. He will be hugely missed. We know heaven is rejoicing but are praying for Jesus to be near to the many friends and family who loved Gabriel so very much.

Known for his enormous talent, generous spirit and unending energy, Gabe began honing his creative skills at the young age of ten. As a child he danced for dcTalk, appeared in multiple videos for Brentwood Music and worked as a theater kid at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. As an adult, Patillo worked with GRAMMY and GMA Dove Award-winning artist TobyMac as part of Diverse City where he sang background vocals, was a choreographer and dancer and co-produced TobyMac tours.

Gabriel is survived by his wife, Jenni Patillo, three children, Amara, Milo, and Remy Patillo, his brother, Marcel Patillo and mother, Jackie Patillo.

Most of all, Gabe was known for his lifelong love for Jesus. His faith was part of his every day and the reason for his infectious smile. To know Gabe was to know how much he loved the Lord and his family.

A GoFundMe has been established to support Gabe’s family. Please consider donating here.

Enjoyy these photos of Gabe from CCM Magazine photographer Annette Holloway:

TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac DiverseCity
TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography
Gabe Real
Gabe Real
Cochren Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0539
TobyMac, Gabe Real and Nirva Ready
Gabe Real and Timmy Rose of TobyMac's DiverseCity Band
Tobymac CMD Carowinds 2015-8878
Gabe Real, Keith Smith and DJ Maj
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac DiverseCity
Gabe Real, Keith Everette Smith, DJ Maj
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015
TobyMac Hits Deep Norfolk VA 2-17-19 by Annette Holloway-9364
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3242-2
TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-9781-2
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3241
TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8315
TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0553
TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-0625
TobyMac Hits Deep Charlotte NC 2-1-20 by Annette Holloway-9356
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2688
TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0806
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2864
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2880
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2927
Gabe Real, Keith Everette Smith, DJ Maj, B Haley, Dave Wyatt of TobyMac's DC
TobyMac Hits Deep Charlotte NC 2-1-20 by Annette Holloway-9713
TobyMac & DiverseCity
TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8127
TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8364
TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at KingsFest 6-23-17 Doswell VA by Annette Holloway
TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3242
TobyMac LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway-0664
Gabe Real - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
Gabe Real - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac MD-1805
Gabe - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
Gabe - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac Richmond VA 10-9-2022 by Annette Holloway-0710
TobyMac Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac Richmond VA 10-9-2022 by Annette Holloway-0436
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac Roanoke Rapids NC 10-10-20 by Annette Holloway-0302
TobyMac MD-2045
TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography
TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac DiverseCity TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography Gabe Real Gabe Real Cochren Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0539 TobyMac, Gabe Real and Nirva Ready Gabe Real and Timmy Rose of TobyMac's DiverseCity Band Tobymac CMD Carowinds 2015-8878 Gabe Real, Keith Smith and DJ Maj TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac DiverseCity Gabe Real, Keith Everette Smith, DJ Maj TobyMac at CMD Carowinds in Charlotte, NC 9-26-2015 TobyMac Hits Deep Norfolk VA 2-17-19 by Annette Holloway-9364 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3242-2 TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-9781-2 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3241 TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8315 TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0553 TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-0625 TobyMac Hits Deep Charlotte NC 2-1-20 by Annette Holloway-9356 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2688 TobyMac Henderson NC 10-8-20 by Annette Holloway-0806 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2864 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2880 TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-2927 Gabe Real, Keith Everette Smith, DJ Maj, B Haley, Dave Wyatt of TobyMac's DC TobyMac Hits Deep Charlotte NC 2-1-20 by Annette Holloway-9713 TobyMac & DiverseCity TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8127 TobyMac Hits Deep WV 4-8-17 by Annette Holloway-8364 TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at KingsFest 6-23-17 Doswell VA by Annette Holloway TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at LU CFAW in Lynchburg VA by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac HitsDeep Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by A Holloway-3242 TobyMac LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway-0664 Gabe Real - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography Gabe Real - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac MD-1805 Gabe - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography Gabe - TobyMac at LU Winterfest 12-30-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac Richmond VA 10-9-2022 by Annette Holloway-0710 TobyMac Norfolk VA 3-17-17 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac Richmond VA 10-9-2022 by Annette Holloway-0436 TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac Roanoke Rapids NC 10-10-20 by Annette Holloway-0302 TobyMac MD-2045 TobyMac at Uprise Festival 9-14-18 by Annette Holloway Photography TobyMac - Creation Festival 2018 by Annette Holloway Photography

 

Enjoy these photos of Gabe from CCM photographer Chelle Propst:

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