Michael Tovar

Michael Tovar, a hairdresser to whom country singer Tanya Tucker dedicated an award during a nationwide broadcast earlier this month, died of complications from AIDS. He was 35.

Tovar died May 24 at the Wayland Flowers Hospice in Hollywood, a hospice spokeswoman said.

During the Academy of Country Music Awards May 12 at the Universal Amphitheater, Tucker dedicated to Tovar her award for best video for the song “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.”

“This may be the last night I ever see him. He’s been hanging on for this night. I dedicate this award to Tovar. … I’m going to lose a lot when I lose him,” Tucker said.

He died 12 days later.

Tucker, who had arranged for Tovar to see the awards telecast from her hotel room, was on the road at the time of his death and couldn’t be reached for comment.

His clients included Barbara Carrera, Heather Locklear, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Jayne Kennedy and Emmylou Harris.

A private memorial service will be held at the hospice.

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