Lupe Ontiveros, best known for her portrayal of Yolanda Saldivar, the convicted murderer of Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Perez in the biopic (one of my personal favorites) has Selena passed away after battling liver cancer. She was 69.
An actress since the mid-70′s, she also achieved fame and prominence in many roles. As of late, she was also known as “Mama” Juanita Solis, Carlos’ mother on Desperate Housewives. This sadly makes her the second death related to the now-ended ABC hit series: (Karen McCluskey) passed away in June of this year.
Jacob Vargas, who portrayed Selena’s brother A.B. in the film, was by her side as she passed and Tweeted in memory, “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.”
She leaves behind a husband and two grown children. Rest always, Ms. Ontiveros.