Eva Mendes is mourning the death of her older brother Carlos Mendez, who passed away from cancer on 17 April aged 53. Their younger sibling, Carlo Mendez, confirmed the sad news with a touching post on Instagram.
"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," he wrote.
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Carlo Mendes posted a touching tribute to his older brother
"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 fought with all his might and power and gave cancer one hell of a fight. He leaves 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."
Carlo later shared details of the memorial service as he praised his "funny, charming, genius, comedian" sibling and thanked people for their messages of condolences.
He wrote: "To remember who my brother was and the impact he left on us. The amazing person he was, the funny, charming, genius, comedian, creative, hot tempered, crazy, calm person that he was.
Eva recently shared a photo of herself with Carlos
"I still can't believe this has happened. I'm crying as I write this and 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."
Eva, who is believed to be pregnant with her second child, has not commented on her brother's passing, but three weeks ago she shared a black and white snapshot of herself and Carlos together at the Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer event in January 2015, captioning the image with a simple heart emoji.