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)
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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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