Mexican singer and songwriter Joan Sebastian lost his long battle with cancer on Monday at the age of 64. The multi-Grammy Award winner died at his ranch in Juliantla, Guerrero, Mexico.
Sebastian was first diagnosed in 1999 and later beat the illness only for it to return in 2007, 2012 and 2014. Despite his disease affecting his vocal chords, Sebastian never gave up performing, according to the Associated Press.
The “Rey del Jaripeo,” which roughly translates to the “King of the Rodeo,” began his career at the age of 17. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music.
Tejano artists took to social media to honor the legendary singer on Monday night.
“Q.E.P.D. Joan Sebastian. You were a good friend and great songwriter/singer. Gonna miss ya my friend…,” Kumbia All Starz frontman A.B. Quintanilla posted on Facebook.
“R.I.P one of my idols. A true talent and señorón Joan Sebastian. My condolences to all his family,” singer Bobby Pulido posted on Facebook with a photo.
“La música esta de luto, se fue un grande al cielo. Joan Sebastian @joansebastian,” Grupo Intocable posted on their official Twitter page.
“Que descanse en paz Joan Sebastian. Con esta canción Juliantla nos has inspirado a seguir un sueño que tu nos demostraste que puede ser logrado.#joansebastian, #juliantla, #Mexico, #elreydeljaripeo,” rising Tejano band DVA Kidz posted on Facebook with a video of their cover of Sebastian’s hit “Juliantla”.
“Que descanse en paz el poeta del pueblo, el señor Joan Sebastian. Mexico esta de luto. #RIPJoanSebastian #MexicanSingerSongwriter #Legendary,” Former Kumbia Kings singer Frankie J posted on Instagram.
“Wow! I just heard the news that Joan Sebastian died. He was very talented. May he R.I.P.,” Braulio Rodriguez, lead singer of Braulio Y Fuzzion, posted on Facebook.