Our hearts are breaking for Eva Mendes.
The actress' older brother — who spelled his last name with a 'z' instead of an 's' — Carlos Mendez has tragically lost his battle with cancer at 53 years old.
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The 42-year-old's younger brother, Carlo Mendez, revealed the sad news on his Instagram on April 17, captioning a sweet snap with Carlos:
"With absolute pain and sadness in my heart this is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through in my life and as I'm writing this I'm still in disbelief. My brother has passed away peacefully this morning. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for those who have prayed and have kept my brother in your thoughts and who wished him to get better."
He also added that his brother is survived by two young children, writing:
"He fought with all his might and power and gave cancer one hell of a fight. He leaves behind behind a 13 year old and a 5 year old. I love you my brother may god bless you and I'll see you once again."
See his touching tribute (below):
A memorial for the star's sibling was held on Tuesday at the Church of the Recessional Forest Lawn in Glendale, and a wake was held the day before.
Carlo also shared information about the services on social media, along with another heartfelt caption about his brother, posting:
Only days before Carlos' tragic death, his loved ones created a GoFundMe account to help support his children in the event of his passing.
If you would like to contribute, click HERE.
Our hearts are with everyone involved.
[Image via Eva Mendes/Instagram.]
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