Amaury Nolasco On Losing His Sister: “She Was the Love of My Life”

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Prison Break alum, Amaury Nolasco tragically lost his sister, Deborah this past July, when the 33-year-old—who had a history of heart problems—died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. The Boricua actor, 39, who next be seen starring on NBC’s Jerry Bruckheimer drama, Chase (which premieres next Monday) spoke to about his loss.

“It’s been a rough year,” Nolasco said. “We lost my sister a couple of months ago, so it’s been hard. She was the love of my life. She was my light.”

Nolasco says losing a sibling is something you can’t understand—unless you’ve experienced it yourself.

“You know how when people lose their grandma or grandpa, people they say they’re sorry? They do mean it, but…there’s nothing to say. There’s a void that cannot be filled. The pain is never going to go away. Every so often you’ll hear a song that reminds you of that person.”

Nolasco says it's important to tell the ones you love that you love them. “If you have a brother or sister, tell them you love them everyday—that’s the most beautiful thing. I told my sister how much I loved her everyday. That’s the only reason I’m OK right now. Even if you have an argument about something stupid, it should always end with, 'I’m pissed at you right now, but I love you.' That’s the way to do it.”

Nolasco says he’s trying to come to peace with it. “You just have to smile and know that they’re in a better place.”