Updated 06:16 AM EST, Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Televisa to Air TV Series Based on Joan Sebastian's Life

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Televisa will air a TV series based on the life of Joan Sebastian.

Carla Estrada confirmed on the "Todo Para La Mujer" radio show that she will be producing the 13-episode series for the network in 2016, Latin Times reported. Estrada is also the acclaimed producer of other telenovelas, such as "Amor Real," "Lazos De Amor," "Alborada," and "El Privilegio De Amar," among others. She is currently helming the "Hoy" morning show, but will be entrusting her duties to a different producer in January.

Sebastian's son, Jose Manuel Figueroa, has been "working hard to preserve his father's legacy over the past few months, including promoting a previously unreleased track by his father," and also organizing a star-studded benefit concert in Mexico to honor the late singer, Contactmusic wrote.

Sebastian, one of Mexico's most prominent musicians, died from bone cancer at the age of 64.on Sunday, July 12, in his ranch in Juliantla, Mexico, Billboard reported. According to a separate report from Latin Times, the singer/songwriter died in the arms of his son, Juliancito, while surrounded by the people he loved the most.

The recording artist had a long and tough battle with cancer. It was in 1999 when Sebastian was first diagnosed with bone cancer, with the disease coming back in 2007 and 2012, Latin Times wrote. In early 2014, he revealed once more in his Zacatecas performances that his cancer is back for the fourth time, adding that he wouldn't be able to do his jaripeos numbers, which featured him singing in a rodeo atop a horse.

Sebastian was a perpetual optimist. He admitted that his battle with cancer was difficult, but he continued to fight the disease and drew inspiration from his fans.

"I've returned to life three times and all three I've fought hard," he said, as quoted by Billboard. "The hardest moment was the first time, when I gave it too much importance and I sat to wait for the doctors' orders. That's when I was closest to death. When I realized that the applause made me better, that my contact with my audience was what made me cling to life, I discovered the most vital aspect of my battle. I honestly think the story would be different if I didn't have my fans' support."

His life provided Sebastian plenty of inspiration to write music. Growing up from a childhood of poverty, he attended a seminary as a teenager in the hopes of becoming a priest, until he decided to venture into the music industry at 17 and signed his first record deal with Mexico's Capital Records, Billboard wrote. His extensive career resulted to five Grammy awards and seven Latin Grammys, BBC added.

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