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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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JoeP    

Too bad this news isn't about the lady whose character she played in Selena. Talk about a human waste of space.

735 days ago
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furious cupcakes    

She was F*N awesome in Selena as Yolanda Saldivar".

735 days ago
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moe l.    

WOW! At first I thought J-Lo died - what a disappointment when I read that it wasn't her.

735 days ago
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Miriam L. Wright    

She was a fine actress and it is sad that she died and not that murdering runt YOLANDA SALDIVAR!

735 days ago
20.

Ray D    

rip Lupe shes a very kind loving person i am so glad to have as a neighbor she will be missed greatly wonderfull husband n wonderfull sons elyias nick n alex.

735 days ago
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Ray D    

rip Lupe shes a very kind loving person i am so glad to have as a neighbor she will be missed greatly wonderfull husband n wonderfull sons elyias nick n alex.

735 days ago
22.

Brenda    

Queremos bailar! We want to dance!

RIP Lupe.

735 days ago
23.

gamepro    

now she can rest in peace and not have to go through all that pain and suffering and this is all the more reason to try really hard to fine a cure for all cancers

735 days ago
24.

DaveT    

Only know her from the Selena movie, she was really convincing as the character, when I saw her picture here I thought..."it's that b-tch Yolanda!"...good actress, RIP

735 days ago
25.

Ishagn    

Wooow ..... Cant believe it .

735 days ago
26.

Bridget    

She was amazing in Selena and any other role she tackled. A great talent. RIP Lupe

735 days ago
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Dennie    

Loved her brief role in "As Good as It Gets!" RIP Ms. Ontiveros."

735 days ago
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melissa b    

Not too familiar w her, as it has been a while since I've seen Selena. The Goonies? I watch a lot recently....She was the maid?! Am I right? Anyways, may she RIP. Cancer is scary. At least she is not suffering. Condolences to her family and friends and all affected.

735 days ago
29.

CynBin     

Ummm HELLO - GOONIES!!!

735 days ago
30.

rafael    

rest in peace...

735 days ago
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