He grew up very religious 1
Sebastian was actually born José Manuel Figueroa and he grew up in Juliantla, México. As a child, he lived with his abuela and planned on becoming a priest. His dad was totally against the idea and encouraged him to pursue music. Thankfully, he listened.
He was an administrative assistant 2
Before the Mexican singer's music career really took off, he was an administrative assistant at a hotel and tourism center in Morelos, Mexico. Fate would soon prove that Sebastian's destiny wasn't behind a desk.
Angélica María changed his life 3
The legendary actress and singer met Sebastian during a rookie performance in Oaxtepec back in 1968. She was instantly impressed with his natural talent and introduced him to famed producer Eduardo Magallanes.
He suffered the loss of two sons 5
As a father of eight children, Sebastian suffered tremendous loss when two of his sons passed. His son Trigo Figueroa was shot in the back of the head during one of his dad's concerts in 2006. Four years later, his son Juan Sebastian was shot at a night club in Mexico.
He was accused of being involved with the cartel 6
His battle with cancer 7
Sebastian was first diagnosed with cancer in 1999. He fought for his health and survived, but the cancer made a comeback in 2007. Five years later, he was no longer in remission and was diagnosed with cancer for a third time. He fought until the very end and loss his battle on July 13th.
He had a crush on Kate del Castillo 8
Sebastian may have had five different partners throughout his life, including star Maribel Guardia, but the one woman he admired the most was Kate del Castillo. In 2012, the singer confessed that the telenovela actress was his muse and he was crushing on her for years. He was 21 years her senior!
He collaborated with Will.I.Am 9
The Black Eyed Peas mastermind paid Sebastian a visit in Mexico's capital for their collaboration, "Hey You." The club song was a change for Sebastian, but he added his signature touch.
He was prideful of his country 11
His first hit in 1981 titled "Juliantla" was dedicated to his hometown of Juliantla, Guerrero. "The only place they understand my English is in Mexico," he once joked in an interview.