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Friends said the tragedy that struck Lavoe hardest was the shooting death of his son.
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As Héctor suffered ever more deeply from his drug addiction, he turned to his spirituality to get clean. But despite leaving drugs behind for a time, when tragedies struck, he returned to drug abuse.
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Hector watching a video of himself, during his last years.
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One of Hector's last public appearances.
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When he died practically penniless in New York, Héctor was first buried in the Bronx. His remains were later moved to his hometown, Ponce, Puerto Rico.