As we say farewell to the year, let’s take some time to reflect on and say goodbye to some of the Latinos we lost in 2015.
Ninón Sevilla (November 10, 1921 – January 1, 2015)
— TelevisaEspectáculos (@TvsEspectaculos) December 21, 2015
The Cuban-born Mexican film actress passed away at the age of 85 from heart issues. She was a big shining star of the golden age of Mexican cinema. If you’ve never seen her in the film Aventurera, you really should.
Lorena Rojas (February 10, 1971 – February 16, 2015)
The popular telenovela actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. After several years of battling the disease, the cancer spread and Rojas unfortunately succumbed to it.
Ariel Camacho (August 7, 1992 – February 25, 2015)
Camacho, the singer of Los Plebes del Rancho, died in a car accident in Sinaloa, Mexico after just having performed a concert at the 2015 Carnival Mocorito.
Braulio Castillo (March 30, 1933 – February 28, 2015)
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A legendary Puerto Rican actor who appeared in movies and TV, Castillo died of natural causes. Among his many notable credits, Castillo was the first co-star of Topo Gigio during the Latin American production of the popular children’s show.
Pedro Aguayo Ramirez (July 23, 1979 – March 21, 2015)
Some don't get it that wrestlers put their lives on the line every time they step into the ring. RIP Perro Aguayo Jr. pic.twitter.com/ueDeytIwFt
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) March 21, 2015
The Mexican wrestler, known as Hijo del Perro Aguayo, died from a kick to the head he received while in the ring by Rey Mysterio, Jr. He was stretchered out of the arena, but did not recover from his injury.
Rogelio Brambila Lizárraga (1993 – March 21, 2015)
— 24 HORAS (@diario24horas) March 25, 2015
Brambila, a singer for Los Plebes de Arranke, was found dead in a parked car in Tijuana. He had been shot multiple times.
Eduardo Galeano (September 3, 1940 – April 13, 2015)
The Uruguayan author and journalist succumbed to cancer at the age of 74. He is considered and remembered as a champion of social justice.
Joan Sebastian (April 8, 1951 – July 13, 2015)
The Mexican singer-songwriter and musical icon, known as El Rey del Jaripeo, wrote over 1,000 songs in his lifetime. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999.
Mexicano 777 (1972 – July 23, 2015)
Credit: Yo Soy Mexicano 777/Facebook
Israel Perales Ortiz, the Puerto Rican rapper known as Mexicano 777, passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. At the time of his death, he was serving a jail sentence for a domestic violence charge, but was released from prison to complete his sentence at home because of his illness.
Adriana Campos (February 27, 1971 – November 3, 2015)
Un besoo!! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/nxc0pAh9
— Adriana Campos (@CamposAdrianaAc) December 29, 2012
The soap star died alongside her husband in a tragic car accident in native Colombia.
Benny Sadel (March 27, 1960 – November 5, 2015)
The Dominican merenguero, whose hit songs included “Qué Pasará” y “Solo Palabras,” lost his battle with leukemia this year.
Germán Robles (March 20, 1929 – November 21, 2015)
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Born in Spain, Robles went on to have an incredible career as an actor in Mexico acting in theater, film and television. He made quite the impact in the cult classic film El Vampiro.