Full Name: José Manuel Figueroa Sr.

Known For: Mexican singer-songwriter

Location: Mexico

Date Born: April 8, 1951

Juliantla, Guerrero, Mexico

Died: July 13, 2015(2015-07-13) (aged 64)

Teacalco, Guerrero, Mexico

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José Manuel Figueroa Sr. (April 8, 1951 – July 13, 2015), better known as Joan Sebastian, was a Mexican singer-songwriter. He wrote over a thousand songs including compositions for Vicente Fernández, Lucero, Pepe Aguilar, and Rocío Dúrcal. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music.

Sebastian also worked sporadically as an actor. In 1996, he made his acting debut in the Mexican soap opera Tú y Yo (You and I) sharing credits with Maribel Guardia, his former wife and mother to his son Julian.

He won seven Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards, making him the most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history. In 2015, Sebastian died at the age of 64 of bone cancer. At the time of his death, Sebastian had two number-one albums on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and seven top ten songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States.

Joan Sebastian was born in the rural town of Juliatla in Guerrero on April 8, 1951, and began composing at the age of seven. His mother had enrolled him to a school near Guanajuato when he was eight years old, and later returned to his hometown three years later. At age fourteen, his mother sent him away to a monastery in Morelos where he was under the care of a priest by the name of David Salgado. Due to the clergyman’s influence on Sebastian, he considered becoming a priest. He enrolled in the Seminario Conciliar de San Jose in Cuernavaca, Morelos, but realized that he wanted to pursue a music career, and decided to leave the seminary to dedicate himself to music.

Before embarking on a singing career, he was an administrative assistant at a vacation resort in Oaxtepec, Morelos,where he would sing through the intercom. In 1968, Sebastian met Mexican actress Angelica Maria. They stayed together and she asked him to sing some songs for her. She suggested to Sebastian that he record the songs and give them to music producer Eduardo Magallanes; though Sebastian never managed to contact him. He later moved to Mexico City and began asking Discos Capitals Records to listen to his music and produce it. In 1974, he recorded his first album, Pedro Parrandas, and received positive feedback from the public.

In 1997, he decided to stop using his legal name, Jose Manuel Figueroa and picked up his artistic name, Joan Sebastian. The same year, he signed a record deal with the label Musart. In 2000, he released Secreto de Amor which was certified 4× platinum in the Latin field in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album and title track won the Lo Nuestro Awards for Regional Mexican Album of the Year and Regional Mexican Song of the Year; he also received the Excellence Award for his musical contributions. In 2006, Sebastian was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame for his prolific songwriting and musical arrangements.

Personal life

Sebastian was the father of eight children whom he had with five different partners throughout his life. Their names are José Manuel Figueroa (who is also a singer and composer), Juan Sebastián, Trigo de Jesús, Sarelia, Julián (son of Maribel Guardia), Marcelia, Joana Marcelia, and Julird. His oldest son, Trigo was shot in the back of the head after one of Joan Sebastian’s concerts in Texas on August 27, 2006. Trigo had been trying to control the crowd after the show. He was transported to McAllen Medical Center where he was pronounced dead

On June 12, 2010, Juan Sebastián was shot dead in Cuernavaca, Morelos, after arriving at a night club with some friends and being refused entrance. Joan Sebastian said that his son’s death had nothing to do with the Mexican drug cartel.

Illness and death

Sebastian was first diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999. He underwent cancer treatment and survived; however, he announced that the cancer had returned in 2007 for the second time. Undergoing cancer treatment once again, he later announced he was in remission. On July 26, 2012, during one of his concerts, he announced that the cancer had returned for the third time. In 2014, he revealed that he was battling cancer for the fourth time during his performances in Zacatecas. Weeks prior to his death, he confirmed to the media that he had been hospitalized and undergoing cancer treatment under medical supervision. On July 13, 2015, Sebastian died at 7:15pm (UTC-06:00) at his ranch in Cruz de la Sierra, Teacalco Guerrero, Mexico, due to bone cancer. He was 64 years old.


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Sebastian recorded the following studio albums during his music career:

Rumores (1985)
Oiga (1987)
Ranchero, Vol. 2 (1987)
Mascarada (1988)
Norteño (1989)
Viva La Vida (1991)
Al Rojo Vivo (1995)
Bandido De Amores (1995)
Norteño Vol. 2 (1995)
Peor De Tus Antojos (1995)
Con Mariachi (1996)
Tu Y Yo (1996)
Disco De Oro Vol.1 Baladas (1997)
Gracias Por Tanto Amor (1998)
Rey Del Jaripeo (1999)
Con Norteño (2000)
Nostalgia Y Recuerdos (2000)
Secreto De Amor (2000)
Cariño Como Tu (2001)
Con Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan (2001)
Afortunado (2002)
Lo Dijo el Corazón (2002)
Enamorado Del Amor (2004)
Mujeres Bonitas (2004)
Poeta Del Pueblo (2004)
Que Amarren a Cupido (2004)
Inventario (2005)
Rancheras Con Banda (2005)
Canta Para Ti (2006)
De Relajo Pa Bailar (2006)
Joan Sebastian (2006)
Mas Alla Del Sol (2006)
Corridos Y Algo Mas (2007)
No Es De Madera (2007)
Pegadito al Corazón (2009)
Huevos Rancheros (2011)
Un Lujo (2012)
13 Celebrando El 13 (2013)
Más Joan (TBA)