Former star of the popular US show ER Jossara Jinaro has died at the age of 48 following a battle against cancer, her husband has confirmed.
The Brazilian-born actress, who also appeared in Passions, was surrounded by family when she passed away at her home on Wednesday, her grief-stricken husband has confirmed.
Jossara “bravely fought” the illness but passed away earlier this week, her husband Matt Bogado explained to fans in a heartbreaking announcement.
Taking to Facebook, Matt shared a loving tribute to his late wife following her death.
He told fans of the actress: “With great sorrow, I announce the passing of my wife, Jossara Jinaro on this date, April 27, 2022.
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“Jossara bravely fought cancer and came home to be surrounded by family.”
Matt went on to describe his “amazing wife”. He said: “Jossara was an amazing wife, mother, artist, and friend. She had the most beautiful, kind soul and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Even in her last moments, she was still fighting.”
Matt continued: “She is now resting in peace and will be remembered forever. Myself, Liam, and Emrys will miss her so deeply, although we know she is in our hearts and guiding us every step of the way.
“A public memorial service will be held in the Bay Area. More details will come soon.”
The actress was born in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil but grew up in Columbia after her mother married a Columbian diplomat and the family later relocated to the United States after her step father was held hostage.
After settling in Chicago, Jossara learned to speak English in her teens and she graduated in a BFA musical theatre programme which soon saw her land her first agent.
Professional work followed and after appearing on Judging Amy as Cheech Marin’s activist daughter, she was soon cast on popular medical drama ER.
Her later role on Passions as sexy club owner Rae saw her nominated for a 2006 GLAAD award.
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Jossara returned to her Columbian roots in 2009 where she worked on the Novela La Bella Ceci y El Imprudentre before returning to Hollywood and appeared on a series of East Los High.
The star was also involved in producing her own short films and starred alongside Anne Hathaway in Havoc in 2005 and the following year alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in World Trade Center.
Jossara is survived by her husband Matt and the couple’s two children Liam and Emrys.
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