Actress Lupe Ontiveros, 69, who appeared in many TV shows such as Desperate Housewives and Rob and movies such as Selena, Real Women Have Curves and As Good As It Gets, has died.
died Thursday at a hospital in Whittier, Calif., a suburb southeast of
Los Angeles, after a brief battle with liver cancer, according to
longtime friend and family spokesman Jerry Velasco, reports the
In the 1997 biopic based on the life story of
the Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla, Ontiveros played Yolanda
Saldivar, who in real life was convicted of killing the singer. Jennifer
Lopez played the title role in Selena.
"I've enjoyed her
work throughout the years," Lopez said in a statement, according to the
AP. "She was a great actress and working with her in Selena was an unforgettable experience. She will truly be missed."
Ontiveros is survived by her husband, three sons and two granddaughters, reports AP.