Of course when I found out that the beloved Latina actress Elizabeth Peña died on October 14 at only 55 years old, I wanted to know what the cause was, didn't you? You always want an explanation when someone who isn't advanced in years and seems healthy dies, but no real explanation was given. The only reason stated at the time was that she had passed away after a brief illness. Well, now the cause of her death has been revealed. She died from cirrhosis of the liver "due to alcohol." Not only that, but her death certificate leads one to believe that she suffered greatly in her last hours.
I don't think I'll ever use the phrase "scared to death" lightly again. A 16-year-old girl from Ohio recently died while walking through a Halloween-themed, haunted house. Apparently the poor thing got so scared, she passed out and died. Can you believe this? I know what you're probably thinking. What in the hell was going on in that haunted house that led to a girl's death?
My friends we have lost a great and inspiring Latino legend: Oscar de la Renta. Designer extraordinaire Oscar de la Renta died Monday evening at 82-years-old. Born in 1932 in Santo Domingo the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta was the only boy of seven children. When he was 18 years old he went to Spain to study painting and ended up falling in love with fashion design. He apprenticed with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, worked with Lanvin and soon moved to New York. In 1965 he launched his own label and managed to become one of the best known fashion designers the world has ever known.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, de la Renta somehow managed to always be classic while remaining relevant. Just last month he designed Amal Clooney's much admired wedding dress.
If murdering a toddler for accidentally pooping her pants isn't evil and cruel than I don't know what is. The family of a man who reportedly beat and tortured 3-year-old Jeida Torres is talking to the media and claiming he is "not a monster." Twenty-year-old Kelsey Smith ran away to a homeless shelter after leaving the toddler's lifeless body in his wife Kimberly Torres's Brooklyn, New York apartment while she was at work over the weekend. His 5-year-old stepson Andrew Torres spoke to police about what he witnessed and the abuse was pretty horrifying.
Remember 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma? She died last year at the hands of her caregiver in Orange City, Iowa when the woman pushed her to the floor and factured her skull. The killer, Rochelle Sapp, ran a day care at her home and confessed to violently throwing the poor Autumn to the ground because she was having trouble taking her coat off. You would think that after confessing to a such cold blooded crime that woman would rot in jail, right? Wrong! The Iowa court has just announced its verdict and you will NOT believe what they decided.
Sheri Emerson from England, buried her beloved grandmother in 2011 after she lost her battle to bowel cancer. The grandmother loved her family and always wanted to stay in contact with them. She enjoyed sending text messages to all of them throughout the day and when she died, she was buried with her cell phone. For the past three years all the members of the family had been texting grandma and Sheri was shocked when she received a reply from the dead.
Elizabeth Peña is no longer with us. Oh my heart, the wonderfully talented actress Elizabeth Peña has died. She died on October 14 at Cedars-Siani in Los Angeles. She was only 55 years old. No reason has been given for her death only that she passed after a brief illness. I truly hope she did not suffer.
This is a huge loss. My deepest condolences to her husband Hans and to her children Fiona and Kaelan. Peña's death is a loss for all of us who have admired and been inspired by her work. Her acting career which spanned over 40 years was still going strong. She recently finished filming the first season of the action series Matador on the El Rey Network. Her life story and career trajectory is one that should make all Latinos proud.
Imagine that, after months of unsuccessful attempts at getting pregnant, you discover that you're carrying not one but seven babies. That's what happened to Lindsay Justice of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her husband David. The couple has two daughters--4-year-old Hannah and 2-year-old Hope--and was hoping to expand their family. But after nine months trying to get pregnant, Lindsay discovered she had polycystic ovary syndrome, which can be a huge roadblock on the road to conception. Just as the couple was exploring adoption, Lindsay learned she was expecting. A six-week ultrasound revealed Lindsay was carrying as many as six babies. Worried doctors suggested selective reduction, whereby some of the pregnancies would be terminated in order to give the others a better chance at survival.The Justices refused to terminate, looking at their babies as a miracle. Sadly, before Lindsay made it to her 23rd week of pregnancy, she lost all seven babies.
A Pennsylvania boy has been charged as an adult in the death of an elderly woman whom his abuelito had been caring for. Prosecutors in Wayne County said 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla confessed to beating 90-year-old Helen Novak Saturday, after she'd yelled at him and ordered him out of her room. According to the pint-sized killer, he became enraged at the elderly woman, grabbed her cane, and used it to hook her around the neck, pulling her onto the bed, where he punched her repeatedly in the face and stomach! Oh, my gosh! What in the hell is wrong with this kid? Well, his understandably distraught mother says she has some idea of why her son may have done such a thing.
Here's new evidence of the insidious illness that's sweeping the nation and affecting a plethora of parents: rampant stupidity. Last Sunday, Avarice Alexander--a 9-month-old baby girl in Nokesville, Virginia--died after her nitwit parents left her alone for 16 hours to get their drink on. According to authorities, Adam and Jasmyne Alexander, both 21 years old, put their baby to sleep at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night and left her in her crib, completely unattended, until Sunday afternoon, at around 12:30 p.m. When they finally checked up on the child, they discovered she'd stopped breathing and was unresponsive. Paramedics were unable to revive the baby girl.