Lupe Ontiveros, who most notably portrayed Yolanda Saldivar in Selena, passed away after losing her battle with liver cancer. She is survived by her husband Elias and three sons. Co-star Jennifer Lopez spoke to Us Weekly about how saddened she is:
“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.”
Though she is probably most remembered for her Selena role, she has always been a busy actress with recurring roles on Desperate Housewives (for which she was nominated for an Emmy), Southland, and Real Women Have Curves among others. Her former co-stars are Tweeting condolences.
I'm deeply saddened at the news of my dear friend Lupe Ontiveros passing. She was more than a colleague to me, she was… http://t.co/RWwpkE95
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) July 27, 2012
Honoring Lupe Ontiveros today. My first on-screen mother. I will miss her deeply and will think of her when "the wind asks me to sway". #RIP
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) July 27, 2012
Just heard Lupe Ontiveros died. Very very sad day. Had the privilege to work with her on a film years ago. Lovely, classy lady. May she RIP.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) July 27, 2012
I am tremendously saddened by the news of Lupe's passing. http://t.co/UxVoGwhD She will truly be missed.
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) July 27, 2012