Mexican telenovela actress Lorena Rojas commonly known to Ugandans as the El Cuerpo del Deseo (Second Chance) telenovela soap opera as Isabel died Monday after a battle with cancer.
Rojas, 44, died at her home in Miami, surrounded by her boyfriend, family and friends, her talent management agency Latin WE said.
She had been fighting cancer since 2008. That year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013, after the tumor metastasized to others parts of her body, she told Mexican state news Agency Notimex that “[she] was very aware that this disease… is a chronic disease.”
Last year, she was told the tumor had spread to her liver.
Her last tweet was less than a week ago, on the day of her 44th birthday. “Thank you all for celebrating my birthday with me. Beautiful day,” she wrote
Rojas starred in more than a dozen soap operas, including “El Cuerpo del Deseo,” “Alcanzar una estrella” and, most recently, “Rosario.”
Last year, inspired by her adopted daughter Luciana, she worked as a singer-songwriter for a children’s album, “Hijos del Sol.”