Cruz Died of Heart Disease
According to TMZ, Cruz died of heart disease on Saturday, March 21, at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York City. The New York Daily News confirms his passing and reports that his official cause of death is listed as “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
“He was kind and loving. He never held on to anything and was always very open. He was a devoted father, he helped raise his step-son who is now in the Marines,” said Isa, Cruz’s partner of 18 years, in a statement to TMZ. “He loved the Yankees and Knicks. He loved going to the theatre with me. My favorite moment was family date night because it wasn’t just special for me but for the kids as well. He always made sure to end things with an ‘I love you.'”
Cruz and Lopez Met As Teenagers
The two began dating when Lopez was 15 and Cruz was 16, in the mid-1980s. They were together for about a decade while her star was rising on In Living Color, Second Chances, and Hotel Malibu. The two attended their high school prom together and later appeared on a couple of red carpets together.
They can be seen holding hands and smiling at each other on the carpets for Money Train, an action heist movie co-starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, and My Family, a 1995 family drama that J-Co starred in alongside Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, and Jimmy Smits.
Shortly thereafter, Lopez and Cruz split because Lopez was relocating to Los Angeles and Cruz wanted to stay in New York. But according to Brides Blush, in a 2004 interview, Lopez said of Cruz, “He’s a friend and he probably knows me better than anyone else.”
Lopez has not yet publicly commented on Cruz’s death. We will update this post when and if she does.
J-Lo Went on to Have Several High Profile Romances
Lopez was briefly linked to Snipes before marrying her first husband, Ojani Noa, in 1997. She went on to be involved with Cris Judd, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Marc Anthony, Ben Affleck and most recently Alex Rodriguez. The two are engaged and had hoped to marry in 2020. In a behind-the-scenes video from her “It’s My Party” tour she said it will probably be sometime in 2020 and she wants a “big wedding” this time.
When J-Lo and ARod do get hitched, they’ll have four children in their blended family, his daughters Natasha, 15, and Ella, 11, and J-Lo’s twins Max and Emme, 12. But J-Lo says she’s open to having more children.
“I want to [have more kids]! I don’t know that it’s in God’s plan, but I would like to try. I’m so open to it!” the 50-year-old singer/actress told People in a recent interview.