As we say adios to 2013, it's time to remember all those we lost this year.
We said farewell to these wonderful Latino artists, authors, role models, musicians, and barrier breakers in 2013:
1. Dolores Prida
On January 20, 2013, Latina lost one of its own. Dolores Prida, a legendary playwright, columnist, and one of the co-founders of Latina Magazine passed away at the age of 69. Prida was born on the Northern coast of Cuba, but fled to the United States in 1961. She was the heart and soul of Latina, and is dearly missed by the staff, her family, her friends, and all loyal readers of her column “Dolores Dice.”
2. Talia Castellano
13-year-old Talia Castellano passed away on July 16, 2013 after a long battle with neuroblastoma. The YouTube star was diagnosed with cancer at seven, but didn’t let that stop her. She started doing makeup tutorials on YouTube, gaining more than 750,000 devoted followers. Her fans included Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, and Bruno Mars - who sent her a personalized message before her passing, stating: “Your courage - inspiring. Your spirit - infectious. You - amazing! Just the way you are!!”
3. Betty Pino
On August 7, 2013, U.S. Spanish-language radio lost one of its most treasured voices when Betty Pino passed away from a bacterial infection that resulted from complications of plastic surgery. Pino, who worked for Univision’s Amor 107.5 FM in Miami, was known by many as “The Queen of the Radio.” She was 65-years-old.
4. Eddie Perez
Legendary salsa star Eddie Perez passed away on August 9, 2013. The boricua co-founded the famed salsa band El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. He tragically died after being admitted to the hospital for a foot amputation. He suffered from a blood infection after the procedure, which proved to be fatal.
5. Oscar Hijuelos
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos died on October 12, 2013 at the age of 62, after he collapsed on a tennis court in Manhattan in October. The Cuban-American author was the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his groundbreaking novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
6. Irma Lozano
The Spanish voice of I Dream of Jeannie passed away on October 21, 2013 at the age of 69. The Mexican Actress is best remembered for her roles on hit telenovelas, including Rubi, Un Gancho al Corazón, and Destilando Amor.
7. Karla Alvarez
Mexican telenovela star Karla Alvarez passed away on November 15, 2013 at the young age of 41. Alvarez, who was known for her role on Que Bonito Amor, died from respiratory failure.