SEBASTIAN Morel-Ferreira, a well-known fitness coach in Long Island City, passed away on Thursday at the age of 39 from the effects of a sudden heart attack suffered last week. Sebastian was a ubiquitous presence along the waterfront whose enthusiasm attracted a large following to his outdoor classes. Those classes swelled in size during the pandemic, and by all appearances he was the maestro of the Oval. His success reached the point that everyone in LIC knew, or knew of, Sebastian the fitness guru.
Sebastian lived in the Dutch Kills neighborhood with his husband Ryan Steinman, and in 2019 they welcomed their son Maximo. According to his obituary he was born in Paraguay and immigrated to New York City in 2008 in pursuit of his dreams, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2018.
Though I didn’t know Sebastian personally, I knew exactly who the friend conveying the news was talking about when she very emotionally shared it, his aura being so well established. He will be deeply missed here in Long Island City.
People En Espanol Article On His Passing – he was well-known beyond LIC as well