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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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31.

Rob V    

R.I.P. Lupe .. How about using spell check when writting your stories ..

"Onitveros was reportedly suffering from liver cancer."

Spell her last name correctly .. Please ..

784 days ago
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SusanCoyote    

I think she was the neighbor's maid in As Good as it Gets. Classic!

784 days ago
33.

paul a.    

She was in a great scene with Jack Nicholson in "As Good As it Gets"

"....go sell crazy somewhere else. We're all stocked up here!"

784 days ago
34.

Ghostface    

for those that doesn't remember in her in Desperate Housewives, She was Carlo's (Gabby's husband) mother. She was in a several episodes of season 1.

RIP.

783 days ago
35.

Rebecca    

My condolences to her family :'( so sad she was my favorite actress. Loved her in "Our Family Wedding" she was so funny.

783 days ago
36.

Lionnnnnesssss    

RIP Lupe! YOu were one of a kind!

783 days ago
37.

Susan    

This is sad, R.I.P. Lupe.

783 days ago
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Betty J Enciso    

R.I.P. Lupe Ontiveros ! You were an amazing actress and such a beautiful person. I had the honor to meet you on some of the plays with Evelina Fernandez and to see you on different movies and TV shows. You will be missed.

783 days ago
39.

Ozzy Merc    

Aww, poor Lupe. She was in so many great movies and shows. Descanse en paz

783 days ago
40.

v villegas     

she bit to go Im 69 to and I feel reget it from my family

783 days ago
41.

Hybrid    

She was great in Real Women Have Curves!

R.I.P. ✿

783 days ago
42.

Nanis79    

RIP Lupe, She was such a great person. I've known her for quite sometime. I had an honor to serve her when coming to eat at the place I work at. My condolence to her family. She will be missed.

783 days ago
43.

lavina    

prayers going out to her family and friends...

783 days ago
44.

dale12    

Loved her in "Real Women Have Curves." Godspeed Lupe!

783 days ago
45.

R    

I am a relative of hers. Yes Lupe was in the movie Selena and that role is what most people remember her from. However she was so much bigger then that role. She was incredibly and powerfully smart and so very funny. When she walked into anywhere the room just lit up. You could never ever meet a nicer, more charming and charismatic woman. Thank you for all the nice comments. It is nice to read them.

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