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Cameron Diaz's Father Dies From Pneumonia

4/15/2008 7:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: Cameron issued the following statement: "My mom, sister and I are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming outpouring of love and support during this difficult time for us and all of our family. My dad was loved by so many people and his humor and spirit will always live on in our hearts."

TMZ has learned that Cameron Diaz's father died suddenly early this morning.

We're told the 58-year-old Emilio Diaz, a popular resident of Seal Beach, Calif., recently developed the flu which then turned into pneumonia. We hear his death was "shocking" as Emilio was in "terrific health." Diaz is currently filming her upcoming flick "My Sister's Keeper." A source on the set tells us production on the film was shut down today.

Emilio was a second generation Cuban-American who worked as a foreman for an oil company. He had a bit part in his daughter's film "There's Something About Mary" as "Jailbird."

A rep for Cameron did not return our request for comment.

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My condolences to Cami and her family at this time. Eternal rest grant unto him o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in eternal peace.

2360 days ago


It doesnt matter who you are and how much you have, losing a parent, especially so young, just sucks.

Thanks for handling this with good taste for a change, TMZ.

My condolences to Cameron and her family.

2360 days ago


Oh my, how sad. And he was a very handsome man. Condolences to the family.

2360 days ago

Spandex never looked better    

I don't know Cameron personally, but my heart goes out to her. To lose a parent suddenly is a difficult thing to endure. May God be with her and her family.

2360 days ago


I agree completely, #14. I lost my dad a few months ago, at age 59.

My thoughts are with her. How sad. :(

2360 days ago

Bindi Your Mother Has Whored You Out    

Agreed. Thank you for handling this news with some dignity. She must be in shock. How terribly sad for her to lose her Dad at such a young age. I've had this happen with my own relatives. They think they've got a cold or flu they can't quite shake, then...gone. Pneumonia is still an insidious thing. Prayers and comfort to Ms. Diaz and her family.

2360 days ago


Condolences to the Diaz Family.

2360 days ago


Very sorry hear of Cameron's father's death. May he rest in peace, and Perpertual Light shine upon him. All our prayers.

2360 days ago


Much, much too young


2360 days ago

Erica N    

Cameron I'm so sorry for your lost. I know how it is to lose a parent. God is with you in this time of need. You and your family are in my payers....... Also good job TMZ for handling this nicely!

2360 days ago


That is terrible! So young. Condolences to her and the family.

2360 days ago

wasted days and wasted nights    

I'd like to thank TMZ for posting this respectfully and I'd like to express my condolences to the Diaz family.

2360 days ago


My condolences to the Diaz family and especially to Cameron

2360 days ago


Very sorry Cameron..

2360 days ago


That is so sad. I lost my father when he was only 45 years old. :(

2360 days ago
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