Mexican actress Lorena Rojas died at her Miami home on Monday. The 44-year-old actress was known for her work in Spanish-language soap operas, such as El Cuerpo del Deseo (The Body of Desire) and Alcanzar Una Estrella (To Reach a Star). She also had a successful movie and singing career.
The Mexican actress was born Seydi Lorena Rojas Gonzales on Feb. 10, 1971 in Mexico City. According to the publicist for Rojas, her client died of breast cancer which had spread throughout her body. Her talent agency, Latin World Entertainment, reported that she was surrounded by her fiancé, family and friends when she died.
Since her diagnosis in 2008, the actress worked to educate Latinos about cancer. While in remission in 2013, she adopted her daughter. She discovered later in 2013 that the cancer had metastasized to other areas of her body, and by 2014, it had spread to her liver.
In 1990, Rojas was cast in a supporting role in Alcanzar Una Estrella, a role which granted her a foothold in the acting industry. The drama centered around a shy girl who tries to capture the attention, and then win the heart, of a popular entertainer. A sequel featuring singer Ricky Martin followed in 1991, and a film based on the series premiered in 1992. The now-deceased actress had roles in both.
Her next big role came in 2005, when she began work in El Cuerpo del Deseo, in which she played a widow whose wealthy and elderly husband dies, only to be reborn inside of a new body. Recent roles included the villain in the soap opera Rosario, in which she acted in 2012 and 2013. One of her latest roles was in 2014, when she assumed the role of a mother who believes her daughter has been murdered by her psychiatrist in the thriller Demente Criminal.
In addition to starring on television, Rojas acted in films, including El Triste Juego del Amor (The Sad Game of Love) and Papa Soltero (Single Dad). She also had roles in theater, acting in Manos Quietas (Quiet Hands) and singing/acting in Aventurera (Adventure Woman).
Rojas was well-known in Mexico and in other Spanish-speaking countries because of her appearances on Spanish-language networks such as Univisión and Telemundo. Her characters tended to be elegant women who rose above the drama caused by scheming co-stars or plot twists that bordered on the laughable.
In addition to her roles on Spanish-speaking television, Rojas recorded pop music albums and appeared in Mexican films. She leaves behind her mother; her sister, Mayra Rojas, also an actress; Jorge Monje, her fiancé; and Luciana Rojas, her daughter, for whom she released a album of children’s music called Hijos del Sol (Children of the Sun) in 2014. She also released the records Como Yo No Hay Ninguna (Why Don’t I Have Somebody) and Deseo (Desire) in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
On Tuesday, Twitter was filled with messages to honor Rojas, who died of cancer on Monday. Singer Ricardo Arjona wrote that “full of light, that is how I’ll remember you Lorena Rojas.” Reporter Ismael Cala of CNN en Español tweeted that “Your life touched many.” Her last tweet was on her 44th birthday, when she wrote, “Thank you all for celebrating my birthday with me. Beautiful day.”
By Jennifer Pfalz
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