Spanish actress Isabel Torres dead at 52: Veneto star passes away from lung cancer

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Veneto star Isabel Torres has sadly passed away from lung cancer at the age of 52.

Isabel rose to fame when she became one of three transgender actresses to portray Spanish LGBT icon Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez in the 2020 biographical TV series.

‘Today, February 11, 2022, we say goodbye to Isabel,’ her family wrote in Spanish on Instagram post that they shared on Isabel’s page.

Sad: Veneto star Isabel Torres has sadly passed away from lung cancer at the age of 52. Seen in 2020

Sad: Veneto star Isabel Torres has sadly passed away from lung cancer at the age of 52. Seen in 2020

They continued, ‘Although her family and friends feel her loss deeply, we know that wherever she goes, she will have fun as only she knows how. 

‘Thank you for all the messages of affection and concern. She has left feeling very loved and supported.’

The post, which included the written statement and a beautiful black and white image of the star, was captioned: ‘Thank you all for the support and shows of affection right now.’

Family statement: 'Today, February 11, 2022, we say goodbye to Isabel'

Family statement: ‘Today, February 11, 2022, we say goodbye to Isabel’

According to Spanish press, Isabel had been battling cancer for two years before it spread to her bones.

Per El Periodico, the actress said that she had received her diagnosis while she was filming Veneno during an appearance on the Spanish channel Telecinco.

‘I was in the middle of filming the series and I was in pain,’ she said. 

Starring role: Isabel rose to fame when she became one of three transgender actresses to portray Spanish LGBT icon Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez in the 2020 biographical TV series. Pictured in 2021

Starring role: Isabel rose to fame when she became one of three transgender actresses to portray Spanish LGBT icon Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez in the 2020 biographical TV series. Pictured in 2021

She learned that she had cancer after traveling to her home region, the Canary Islands.

‘The entrance of the disease in my life was a vase of cold water,’ Isabel told Telecinco.    

In an Instagram video that she shared last November, Isabel revealed that doctors had given her two months to live.

Battle with cancer: According to Spanish press, Isabel had been battling cancer for two years before it spread to her bones

Battle with cancer: According to Spanish press, Isabel had been battling cancer for two years before it spread to her bones

The caption of her video read:  ‘My last Video. Hasta pronto.’ 

Hasta pronto translates in English to ‘See you soon.’  

‘My life has not been easy,’ she told Spanish media at the time. ‘Without realizing it, I have made a battle of my life.’

Isabel continued, ‘A battle that I don’t know if it will end soon or a little later.

‘What I am clear about is that I am not going to stop fighting until the last moment.’ 

Rising to stardom: Isabel worked as a television and radio host before landing her first acting role in Veneno

Rising to stardom: Isabel worked as a television and radio host before landing her first acting role in Veneno

Isabel worked as a television and radio host before landing her first acting role in Veneno.

Created by Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo, the eight-episode series was based on Valeria Vegas’s biography Digo! Ni puta ni santa. Las memorias de La Veneno, which was about the life of the transgender singer and television personality.

The series, which became an international hit, followed three different stages of Christina’s life. 

Actresses: Isabel portrayed Christina in the later years of her life, while actresses Jedet Sanchez and Daniela Santigao played the younger Christina during her transition and her early singing and television career. Seen in 2020

Actresses: Isabel portrayed Christina in the later years of her life, while actresses Jedet Sanchez and Daniela Santigao played the younger Christina during her transition and her early singing and television career. Seen in 2020

Remembering her: After Isabel's family announced her passing on Friday, her Veneto colleagues shared tributes on Instagram

Remembering her: After Isabel’s family announced her passing on Friday, her Veneto colleagues shared tributes on Instagram

Heartbreaking: 'She flies high brave mate. Thank you for living, thank you for everything. My heart is broken. I love you', wrote Jedet

Heartbreaking: ‘She flies high brave mate. Thank you for living, thank you for everything. My heart is broken. I love you’, wrote Jedet

Isabel portrayed Christina in the later years of her life, while actresses Jedet Sanchez and Daniela Santigao played the younger Christina during her transition and her early singing and television career. 

After Isabel’s family announced her passing on Friday, her Veneto colleagues shared tributes on Instagram.

Daniela posted a photo of the actress, writing in the Spanish caption: ‘Rest in peace dear @isabeltorresofficial.’  

Tribute: Series creator Ambrossi added a still of Isabel in the role of Christina with the caption:'I can only thank you, Elizabeth. I still see you in every memory ❤️ In every complicit look on the set, in every dance when we could, in every rehearsal. You are effort, talent, courage, beauty. Can. Forever I carry you inside. Rest my love

Tribute: Series creator Ambrossi added a still of Isabel in the role of Christina with the caption: ‘I can only thank you, Elizabeth. I still see you in every memory ❤️ In every complicit look on the set, in every dance when we could, in every rehearsal. You are effort, talent, courage, beauty. Can. Forever I carry you inside. Rest my love

‘She flies high brave mate. Thank you for living, thank you for everything. My heart is broken. I love you’, wrote Jedet.  

Series creator Ambrossi added a still of Isabel in the role of Christina with the caption: ‘I can only thank you, Elizabeth. I still see you in every memory ❤️ In every complicit look on the set, in every dance when we could, in every rehearsal. You are effort, talent, courage, beauty. Can. Forever I carry you inside. Rest my love.

Veneto co-creator Calvo also expressed his sorrow, writing, ‘F**k. No. Elizabeth. I love you, I respect you, I admire you and I will miss you so much… Thank you for everything you have given us. Your Pedro Marín, as you called me every morning of filming, feels privileged to have met you.’

In mourning: Veneto co-creator Calvo also expressed his sorrow, writing,'F**k. No. Elizabeth. I love you, I respect you, I admire you and I will miss you so much... Thank you for everything you have given us. Your Pedro Marín, as you called me every morning of filming, feels privileged to have met you'

In mourning: Veneto co-creator Calvo also expressed his sorrow, writing, ‘F**k. No. Elizabeth. I love you, I respect you, I admire you and I will miss you so much… Thank you for everything you have given us. Your Pedro Marín, as you called me every morning of filming, feels privileged to have met you’

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