Former President of Argentina Nestor Kirchner Dies
Former President of Argentina Néstor Kirchner Dies
By Mariela Rosario | 10/27/2010 - 17:00

Former president of Argentina Néstor Kirchner died today at the age of 60 of a heart attack at his summer residence in the small town of El Calafate.


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America Ferrera's Father Passes Away
America Ferrera's Father Passes Away
By Mariela Rosario | 08/24/2010 - 18:00

America Ferrera's father Gregorio Ferrera died in a hospital in the capital city of Honduras over the weekend. Officials told EFE that Gregorio, who had long suffered from diabetes, was admitted last week to Tegucigalpa’s Teaching Hospital where he died early Sunday due to other complications. Ferrera had been estranged from her father since her parents split when she was still a little girl.


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Immigration Laws Lead to Fatal Family Separation
By Mariela Rosario | 02/17/2010 - 12:00

The NY Times recently ran a heartbreaking story about Elizabeth Drummond and Segundo Encalada, a couple who were married with children when Encalada was forced by immigration officials to take a "voluntary departure" back to Ecuador. A lawyer advised the Drummond-Encalada family that the process of obtaining a visa from a United States Consulate in Encalada's native Ecuador would take two months to a year.


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First Goring Death at Running of the Bulls Since 1995
By Mariela Rosario | 07/10/2009 - 12:01

Pamplona's San Fermin festival is famous for it's dangerous and thrilling tradition of the running of the bulls. Held since 1591, the festival attracts tens of thousands of revelers eager to try their luck at running with the bulls. For nine days, morning bull-runs are followed by afternoon bull fights, meaning that most of the bulls who run the half-mile course face certain death.


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Music Impresario Ralph Mercado Passes Away
By Mariela Rosario | 03/11/2009 - 17:00

Ralph Mercado recently passed away after battling cancer for two years. He was 67 years old. Mercado is known as one of the pioneering promoters of Salsa music and has worked with such renowned acts as Marc Anthony, La India and Domingo Quiñones.


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Fantasy Island Star Ricardo Montalbán Dies
By Mariela Rosario | 01/14/2009 - 17:40

Mexican actor Ricardo Montalbán died today at the age of 88. Born November 25, 1920 in Mexico City, Montalbán had a career that spanned decades but was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke in the hit show Fantasy Island.

Montalbán was nominated for a TONY in 1958 for the musical Jamaica and won an Emmy in 1978 for his role in How the West Was Won. When Montalbán first arrived in Hollywood, he said that the studios urged him to change his name to Ricky Martin, but he refused.


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Carmen Rocha, Waitress Who Introduced USA to Nachos, Is Dead at 77
By Mariela Rosario | 10/17/2008 - 14:41

Carmen Rocha, a well known employee El Cholo Mexican restaurant in LA has passed away. The waitress, who started working at the restaurant in 1959, gained notoriety for a dish she would make for her favorite customers. Following a recipe she had picked up back in her hometown of San Antonio, TX, Rocha would layer tortilla wedges, cheddar cheese and jalapeno slices and serve them up as a special treat for her favorite customers. Before long, the dish became so popular that the Salisbury family (owners of El Cholo) added it onto their menu. And voilà, nachos were born!


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Cameron Diaz Speaks Out About Father's Death
By Latina Staff | 04/16/2008 - 16:42

Cameron Diaz has broken her silence since learning of the sudden death of her father, Emilio Diaz, less than 24 hours ago. The actress released a statement through her representative, expressing her appreciation to her fans:

"My mom, sister and I are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming outpouring of love and support during this difficult time for us and all of our family. My dad was loved by so many people and his humor and spirit will always live on in our hearts."


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Cameron Diaz's Father Dies
By Latina Staff | 04/16/2008 - 10:01

Cameron Diaz recieved shocking and sad news early this morning—her father, 58-year-old Emilio Diaz, died suddenly from complications with pneumonia. Emilio, a second generation Cuban American who resided in Seal Beach, Calif., and worked as a foreman at an oil company, had been battling the flu which turned into pneumonia, reports TMZ. Otherwise he had been in "terrific health," according to TMZ's source.


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