Joan Sebastian, Mexican Music Superstar, Dies at 64

Joan Sebastian at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards in Hollywood, California. JC Olivera/Getty Images

Joan Sebastian, the fabled Mexican singer/songwriter who rose from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Mexico to become one of the most recorded and top-selling contemporary acts of all time, died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.

A writer of achingly beautiful songs that he performed with the right dose of pathos in his ballads, bravura in his rancheras, and always that ineffable sense of intimacy — of singing to you and you alone — made him one of the top singers in the Latin world.

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