Mexican actress and singer Lorena Rojas has lost her long battle with cancer at just 44.
The beloved Latin soap opera beauty had been courageously fighting the disease since 2008. She died at home in Miami, Florida, surrounded by her family, her boyfriend and her closest friends, reported the Latin Times.
She will be best remembered by her millions of fans for her roles in international telenovelas like El Cuerpo del Deseo, Pecados Ajenos, Alcanzar Una Estrella and the recent series Demente Criminal.
Here’s what you need to know about the brave actress:
1. She Adopted a Baby While She Was in Remission From Cancer
Lorena went through two years of paperwork to get permission to adopt a baby and her dream of being a mother came true when she took little Luciana home in Miami in 2013.
Luciana was born on October 6, 2013 in Miami and the actress still had to wait an agonizing two weeks to ensure the biological mother didn’t change her mind. Her initial attempts at adoption in Mexico had ended in failure.
She had been trying to get pregnant when she was first diagnosed with cancer, according to the Latin Post.
2. She Beat Breast And Bone Cancer Before The Disease Spread to Her Liver
Lorena recovered after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and having a mastectomy but was only cancer free until 2012 when she discovered she had the disease in her bones.
She began having pains in her leg while working out at the gym but wrote it off until she couldn’t bear the agony any longer and found out the worst.
Her breast cancer had metastasized, and she told the Latin Times: “The cancer feeds on my hormones, so I’m still a person with a very strong and good hormonal cycle, because even though I was on medication for my hormonal cycle relax and no longer have activity, my body fought against it and the medicine did not help.”
Last November, she suffered yet another setback when she was told by doctors at a routine check-up that the tumors had spread to her liver. This time, sadly, there was to be no recovery.
3. She Was a Spokeswoman For Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation
Lorena kept on working through her treatments and amazed friends with her courageous ability to remain positive against all the odds.
She credited the LiveStrong Foundation, founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, for helping her stay positive and she offered her help and advice to other cancer survivors.
4. One of Her Most Famous TV Roles Was a Mother Who Died From Cancer
Her first leading role in a telenovela called Canción De Amor was opposite Eduardo Capetillo. Her character, Ana, suffered from cancer and died tragically at the end of the soap.
Her character left a video tape for her daughter that is then played during different birthdays, so she could know how much her mother loved her.
5. She Was a Big Star on Hispanic TV
Lorena started her career on Televisia and moved on to Argos, TV Azteca, Telemundo and Venevision. She was hugely popular both in her native Mexico and in the hispanic community in the United States, her adopted home.
She also appeared in five films and in stage productions of Manos Quietas and Aventurera, said the Latin Times.