Carlos Lopez Jr., perhaps best known for his role in Telemundo and TruTv’s Operation Repo, has died. TMZ reports that Lopez’s body was found by his roommate on June 24 inside of their Los Angeles apartment. The news site said that he is thought to have died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. A note was found at the scene.
According to his IMDb page, Lopez appeared on Operation Repo from 2012 until 2014. The show, which began in Spanish on Telemundo in October 2006, followed a group of repo men, who specialized in repossessing cars, in the San Fernando Valley. The show began broadcasting in English on TruTV in March 2008.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Lopez Served for 37 Months in the 82nd Airborne
In addition to his reality TV career, Lopez appeared in the movies American Made with Tom Cruise, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His IMDb profile also details Lopez’s career in the military where served for 37 months in the 82nd Airborne.
In a 2018 interview with his roommate, Ronnie Lee Tyrone, Lopez said that he was going to school in Los Angeles for directing following the end of Operation Repo. During that same interview, Lopez explained that he was developing a reality show named, Celebrity Security, about him and a group of other celebrity bodyguards.
2. Lopez’s Mother Paid Tribute to Her Son on Facebook, ‘Our Hearts Are So Heavy’
Lopez’s mother, Juanita, paid tribute to her son, on Facebook, writing, “Our hearts are heavy. Our handsome adventurous and loving son Carlos Jr. Left is for Heaven yesterday and our hearts are so heavy. Keep our family and Carlos’s friend Ronnie Lee in your prayers please. We’ve lost our eldest son and military warrior.”
3. Lopez Said That He Turned to Performing to Escape Drug & Gang Violence in Sacramento
On June 9, Lopez posted the above photo to his Facebook page showing him making an appearance in the upcoming Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee, with John Cena. Lopez’s IMDb bio details that he grew-up in Sacramento where he witnessed “many of his friends fall victims to Gang life violence and incarcerations.” The page says that he “found peace and salvation” at the River Stage Theater in the city. His first theater project was 2010’s “True Life Stories.”
4. Lopez Said, ‘Trust in God, Love Your Girl & Fight for Your Family’
According to his private Facebook page, Lopez attended Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California, as well as Moorpark College and Los Rios Colleges in Sacramento. Lopez puts his favorite quote as, “S*** happens, but it’s what you do with it that makes the difference.” On his IMDb page, Lopez has several other quotes attributed to him. One reads, “You number one fans are your number one haters.” Another says, “I live my life by a simple code, Trust in God, love your girl and fight only for your family.” The final quote reads, “The richest man in the world is the one who loves his life.” On May 28, Lopez posted an Instagram photo that showed pictures of some of his fallen comrades:
5. Lopez Younger Brother Is an Active Service Marine
Lopez’s younger brother, Rocky, is an active service Marine. The day before Lopez’s death, his mother posted on Facebook saying she had just spoken to her son, who is on active duty. On June 5, Lopez’s mother wrote that Rocky and his wife “will be together soon. Trust GOD in that.” In May 2016, she wrote that Rocky was on base in Virginia.