Fans mourn death of Mexican singer Joan Sebastian

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Award-Winning Mexican Singer Joan Sebastián Dead at 64

Award-winning Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastián has died at the age of 64 after a long fight with cancer.

Sebastián was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999 and was battling his fourth relapse. In April, his son, Julián Figueroa, confirmed to "Hoy" that his father was back in the hospital trying new cancer treatments. "Of course, we are always there by his side or sleeping there with him, taking care of him. Love and support," said Julián Figueroa in an interview with "Hoy."

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TAXCO, MEXICO - JULY 14: Relatives and friends attend the funeral of Mexican songwriter Joan Sebastian at Santa Cruz Ranch on July 14, 2015 in Taxco, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/Clasos/LatinContent/Getty Images)
TAXCO, MEXICO - JULY 14: Relatives of Mexican songwriter Joan Sebastian crie during his funeral at Santa Cruz Ranch on July 14, 2015 in Taxco, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/Clasos/LatinContent/Getty Images)
TAXCO, MEXICO - JULY 14: Jose Manuel Figueroa talks to the media during the funeral of his father Mexican songwriter Joan Sebastian at Santa Cruz Ranch on July 14, 2015 in Taxco, Mexico. (Photo by Clasos/Clasos/LatinContent/Getty Images)
TO-38185 14-Julio-2015 Mexico Funeral del cantautor mexicano Joan Sebastian en su rancho Cruz de la Sierra en Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico Julian Figueroa Foto-Clasos.com
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Singer Joan Sebastian performs at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on October 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF GRAMMYS AWARDED TO SEBASTIAN - Julian Figueroa, second left, embraces another unidentified family member during the wake for his father, Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian at his home in Teacalco, Mexico, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, died on July 13 at age 64. He was best known for sentimental love songs like "Tatuajes" and "Secreto de Amor," sometimes set to simple guitar arrangements and sometimes sung on horseback. Sebastian won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy prizes during his career. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF GRAMMYS AWARDED TO SEBASTIAN - People pay their respects during the wake for Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian at his home in Teacalco, Mexico, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, died on July 13 at age 64. He was best known for sentimental love songs like "Tatuajes" and "Secreto de Amor," sometimes set to simple guitar arrangements and sometimes sung on horseback. Sebastian won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy prizes during his career. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF GRAMMYS AWARDED TO SEBASTIAN - Domingo David, a fan of Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian, plays the guitar outside of Sebastian's home in Teacalco, Mexico, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, died on July 13 at age 64. He was best known for sentimental love songs like "Tatuajes" and "Secreto de Amor," sometimes set to simple guitar arrangements and sometimes sung on horseback. Sebastian won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy prizes during his career. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF GRAMMYS AWARDED TO SEBASTIAN - Julian Figueroa, son of Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian, stands amongst guests during his father's wake at their home in Teacalco, Mexico, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, died on July 13 at age 64. He was best known for sentimental love songs like "Tatuajes" and "Secreto de Amor," sometimes set to simple guitar arrangements and sometimes sung on horseback. Sebastian won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy prizes during his career. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF GRAMMYS AWARDED TO SEBASTIAN - People stand next to Federico Figueroa, center, during the wake for his brother, Mexican ballad singer Joan Sebastian at his home in Teacalco, Mexico, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Sebastian, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, died on July 13 at age 64. He was best known for sentimental love songs like "Tatuajes" and "Secreto de Amor," sometimes set to simple guitar arrangements and sometimes sung on horseback. Sebastian won four Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammy prizes during his career. (AP Photo/Tony Rivera)
Joan Sebastian performs at the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at Mandalay Bay on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian speaks during a news conference in the town of Teacalco, Mexico Thursday June 17, 2010. Sebastian, whose son was murdered by unknown gunmen last June 12, demanded that authorities investigate and find the people responsible for his son's murder.(AP Photo/Antonio Sierra)
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2010, file photo, Mexican singer Joan Sebastian attends a press conference in Mexico City. The Mexican Television chain Televisa announced on Monday, July 13, 2015, that Sebastian has died after a long battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini, File)
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The singer died on his family's ranch in Mexico. Sebastián's career skyrocketed at the age of 25, and he was known for combining traditional Northern Mexican music with romantic and sentimental lyrics. His songwriting touched millions, giving him the nickname "The People's Poet."

His music went on to win multiple Grammys in Latin America and the U.S. He told Billboard he lived his songs. "My songs are a response to feelings, to what I've lived. ... The important thing is that the songs be sincere, that they be truthful."

He earned the nickname "El Rey Del Jaripeo" — which roughly translates to "The King of Rodeo" — because he performed on horseback often and loved the sport.

Sebastián also appeared in films and in telenovelas. His most notable role was Tomás Santillana — a famous musician — in the mexican soap-opera "Tú y Yo," a role that, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, made him the highest-paid star in Mexican television at the time.

"I love life and I will wait for death with a smile," said Sebastián



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