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MIAMI (AP) — Popular Mexican soap opera and movie actress Lorena Rojas has died of cancer at age 44.

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Latin World Entertainment talent agency said in a statement that Rojas died Monday in Miami surrounded by loved ones. She had battled cancer since 2008.

The Mexico City-born actress began her career in the 1990s with “Alzcanzar una Estrella.” She later had roles in “Azul Tequila,” ”El Cuerpo del Deseo,” and “Pecados Ajenos.” Her most recent project was the series “Demente Criminal.”

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Her roles extended beyond soap operas to films such as “Corazones Rotos,” ”Papa Soltero,” ”Mas que Alcanzar una Estrella” and “El Triste Juego del Amor.” In the theater, she acted in “Manos Quietas” and the musical “Aventurera.”

Just months ago she had launched a children’s album called “Hijos del Sol.”

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