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Eva Mendes mourning death of her brother Juan Carlos at 53

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Published 29/04/2016 | 06:51

Eva Mendes launches Estee Lauder New Dimension Skincare at Nordstrom Aventura on July 25, 2015 in Aventura, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
Eva Mendes launches Estee Lauder New Dimension Skincare at Nordstrom Aventura on July 25, 2015 in Aventura, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Estee Lauder)
Eva Mendes with her brother Juan Carlos
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes is mourning the death of her older brother, who has lost his battle with cancer.

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Juan Carlos Mendez, 53, died on 17 April, almost two years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014.

Eva's younger brother Carlo Mendez confirmed the sad news on Instagram, praising his brother who "fought with all his might and power and gave cancer one hell of a fight."

Juan Carlos, who leaves behind two children, ages five and 13, was remembered at a memorial on Tuesday (26Apr16) at the Church of the Recessional in Glendale, California.

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Carlo shared his gratitude for the outpouring of support he and his family have received online, writing on Instagram: "I have no idea how to cope with him being gone but I want to thank you all who have reached out to me and believe me when I say your messages make me feel a little bit better. My life will never be the same without him. Thank you all."

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Juan Carlos' passing comes just weeks after Eva, who is reportedly pregnant with her second child with Ryan Gosling, shared her own touching photo with her ailing brother on the photo sharing app.

In the picture, taken at a Stands Up to Cancer benefit event in January, 2015, Eva has her arm around Juan Carlos. She simply captioned the sweet snap with a heart emoji.

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Earlier this year, the 2 Fast 2 Furious star even shared a throwback photo of her sibling, with a caption which read: "My brother Juan Carlos. Sending him so much love today as he continues his battle with cancer. I love you big brother."

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