One of Mexico's most beloved telenovela stars, Edith Gonzalez, 54, has died after a three-year-long battle with ovarian cancer. Her funeral will be at the Jorge Negrete Theater.
The actress had starred in renowned Spanish-language soaps such as Corazón Salvaje, Salomé, Mujer de Madera, Doña Barbara, Palabra de Mujer, Las Bravo, and Eva la Trailera.
So what happened to Edith Gonzalez? And who were her husband and daughter? Here's what we know.
Edith announced her diagnosis in August 2016.
Edith took to Instagram to announce her cancer diagnosis on August 18, 2016. "Hello to all my fan-mily," she wrote in Spanish as a caption to a photo of her lying on a hospital bed.
"As always, I prefer to give you information to avoid speculations. In the past few days, I went to the doctor for abdominal pains, and they effectively found cancerous tissues that were removed in their totality," she continued.
"As part of the process, I'll have to receive treatment for a few months. I'm strong, full of life and working! I only hope that you accompany me with your love and respect. I'm thankful for the interest in my health, I'll keep you informed on social media and I won't give any more declarations on the matter. All my love!!!" she posted.
Following this post, Edith entered remission in 2017, but the cancer returned sometime this year. On Thursday, after the National Association of Actors confirmed her passing, her official Instagram account posted a photo of Edith and her daughter Constanza, which has amassed over 30,000 comments from fans and celebrity friends.
Edith is survived by her husband, Lorenzo Lazo, and 14-year-old daughter, Constanza.
The actress was reportedly receiving treatment at Angeles Interlomas Hospital in Mexico City when she died. She's leaving behind Lorenzo Lazo Margáin, 64, her devoted economist husband who stood by her side during her health struggles.
“She is my guardian angel, she is my great blessing of my life,” he said to ¡Hola! in 2017. He's now posted a black bow on his Instagram page to commemorate his wife's passing, as the news spread and support began pouring in. For her part, Edith frequently posted loving photos of her husband.
"Love and friendship are gifts we must cherish," she wrote this past Valentine's day alongside a picture of the couple sharing a kiss. "My love!!! It's not perfect, but it approaches what I've always dreamt of," she posted as a Spanish caption to the photo above.
As for Edith's daughter, 14-year-old Constanza Creel Gonzalez, she was born to a different father — Santiago Creel — with whom Edith kept an amicable relationship. "I had recently gotten out of a very difficult relationship, and he was searching for new horizons in his personal life," she told The Latin Times.
"Perhaps what united us in that moment was solitude," she said of her ex, the former government secretary of the PAN political party.
Lorenzo has always been a very supportive stepfather to Constanza. "She is happy, she is a good girl, she is a tender girl, she is a girl with a heart and so ... she is very González," he said to Quien.com.
Edith's daughter, Constanza, has opened up about her mother's passing and addressed her loss on Twitter. "Words from my mom: 'For her to be happy and it's clear to me that that means giving her love, giving her hugs, giving her kisses, giving her security, giving her limits, teaching her to be humble, teaching her to love life and teaching her, above it all, to be a dignified woman who loves herself'," Constanza shared in Spanish.
On June 14, she posted, "I LOVE YOU MOMMY EDITH GONZALEZ" accompanied by crying and broken-heart emojis, before deleting her account (or making it private).
Edith Gonzalez was a great artistic force who never succumbed to damsel-in-distress stereotypes that are so popular in Latin entertainment. Instead, she was always a super badass woman who took on the most empowering characters.
She will be missed but her legacy will certainly not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this tragic time.
She will be missed but her legacy will certainly not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this tragic time. Instead, she was always a super badass woman who took on only the most empowering female characters.
Edith will be missed but her legacy will certainly not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this tragic time.