Joan Sebastian, 1951-2015

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our client and friend, the enormously talented performer, songwriter and artist Joan Sebastian. The most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history, his remarkable 38-year career was highlighted with five Grammy Awards, and seven Latin Grammy honors. 

At my first client office meeting with Joan, we had lunch in Century City near my old offices. During that lunch I learned how powerful and culturally impactful Joan Sebastian and his music were: By the end of our hour-long meal, virtually every employee in the restaurant had come by our table to pay homage to the much-loved icon.

I will never forget the first time I saw him perform. Although all of his lyrics were entirely in Spanish (and my Spanish is mediocre), his songs required no interpretation. The depth, feeling, and emotion conveyed though his music was understood -- as pure love.

 From Joan's classically handsome face and smile, his gracious charm and mass appeal, Joan was an absolute gentleman and loved working with women (so he told me!) I feel so blessed and privileged that he welcomed me as his lawyer into his inner circle. 

He was a true class act. He leaves behind an incredibly beautiful body of work and a remarkable life story. I salute Joan Sebastian and send my deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and team Tony Navarro, Polo Molina, and Edmundo Monroy. 

Much love,
Helen Yu