Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz Jr. died Monday in a New York hospital after a battle with cancer, Milenio television reported, citing a statement from the family of the deceased. He was 71.
The family did not specify in which hospital the actor passed away and asked the media to respect their privacy.
According to Mexican television personality Joaquin Lopez Doriga, Armendariz died at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Efe contacted Sloan-Kettering, but a spokesperson there said that for reasons of confidentiality they could say nothing.
According to the online edition of the Mexico City daily El Universal, Armendariz had a cancerous tumor in one eye that spread to his brain.
The Mexican actor had flown to New York two weeks ago for treatment, according to Lopez Doriga.
Armendariz, son of actors Pedro Armendariz and Carmelita Pardo, was one of the leading figures of Mexican films, with more than 100 movies to his credit. From 2006 to 2010 he was president of the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
His first film was “Fuera de la Ley” (Outside the Law) in 1965, and his last appearance on the big screen was in the short subject “Despertar” (Waking Up), which premiered in March of this year and in which Cristina Obregon was his co-star.
Armendariz, born April 6, 1940 in the Mexican capital, was awarded the Luis Buñuel Prize at the 2006 International Film Festival in Huesca, Spain.