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'Selena' Actress

Dead at 69

7/27/2012 6:08 AM PDT UPDATED: 7/27/2012 12:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jennifer Lopez
has released a statement, saying, "I am tremendously saddened by the news of Lupe's passing! I've enjoyed her work throughout the years. She was a great actress and working with her in Selena was an unforgettable experience. She will truly be missed."

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Prolific Mexican-American character actress Lupe Ontiveros, best known for playing the convicted murderer of the Tejano singer in "Selena," has died. She was 69.

Ontiveros was reportedly suffering from liver cancer. 

Lupe's "Selena" co-star Jacob Vargas was at her bedside last night and tweeted, "My friend Lupe Ontiveros just passed away. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your great contribution to film and TV. You will be missed."

Some of Lupe's long list of other credits include "The Goonies," "As Good As it Gets," Hill Street Blues" and "Desperate Housewives" -- for which she was nominated for an Emmy.

Ontiveros is survived by her husband and three adult children.

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1.

myopinion    

RIP Lupe

726 days ago
2.

Mick Kahler    

In "As Good As It Gets" Jack NIcholson told her "Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here."

726 days ago
3.

campy    

RIP Rosalita!

726 days ago
4.

stu    

These actors r dropping like flies this year.
She was a dandy of an actress. RIP!

726 days ago
5.

Logan Walker    

It Seems like loads of famous people are dying this year and its only 7 months in

726 days ago
6.

LizLucy56    

She was a very good actress ... RIP Lupe !

726 days ago
7.

Potato    

Dead at 69 :)

726 days ago
8.

the real diva    

how sad. i enjoyed her roles in THE GOONIES AND SELENA. she was a talented lady. may she RIP. and my condolences to her frineds and family.

726 days ago
9.

Ih8Taxes    

Why is it that we are no longer "Americans" but now "Mexican-American" or "Italian-American" or "African-American", etc.. Where is our sense of unity and we take the title of just "Americans"? Anyway, she was a good actress and will be missed.

726 days ago
10.

Pudding Tang    

I think people thought she was actually Yolanda Saldívar. Great actress! .... R.I.P.

726 days ago
11.

Keedee    

I sure hate to hear this. Seems I grew up watching her in everything. She was so talented! May Lord have mercy on her soul and may she rest in peace.

726 days ago
12.

Houston,Tx    

Sorry for the loss, she tackled that very hard role of YOlanda Saldivar that everyone hated as selenas murder was still fresh, if Jlow wasnt such a famoewhore using her death to promote herself ppl would have focused more ont he other great actors. Anyways she was a great actress. I remember her in El Norte, what a good movie. May she RIP

726 days ago
13.

Potato    

Learn to fart

726 days ago
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t-in-sd    

Aw RIP Lupe, sweet lady, MAMA!
Hope she wasn't run over by a teen in Wisteria Lane.

726 days ago
15.

Poule    

Cancer is the most scary thing on earth.
When you think we are responsable for most of it, I have pity for our specie.
As long as we let people decide for us it will ne that way.

726 days ago
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