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Mexican TV villain and actor Enrique Rocha dies at 81

The iconic telenovela villain, Enrique Rocha, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the age of 81.

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Enrique Rocha, the Mexican actor known for his roles as villains in telenovelas, died on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 7, at the age of 81 in Mexico City. The National Actors Association (ANDA) and his friends and colleagues confirmed it through social media. 

So far, there is no further information surrounding his death, according to El Universal, Oscar Espejel was the one who broke the news without going into details about the causes of his death.

"The gentleman was in very good health, he had no previous history, it was all very fast and in a natural way," said Espejel. 

Rocha stood out throughout his career for being the quintessential telenovela villain. Born in Silao, Guanajuato on Jan. 5, 1940, he was an actor with one of the longest careers in the Mexican television and film. Known as 'Rochón', he began his career in television in the 60s. 

In 1965, he had his first break in the soap opera La Mentira, in which he stood out as an antagonist due to his voice and personality.  

He participated in productions such as Yo compro esa mujer, El privilegio de amar, Amores verdaderos, Dos mujeres, un camino, Rebelde and Una familia con suerte.

Rocha received numerous awards for his performances, and remained active until a few years ago as a voice actor, playing the character of Bagheera in The Jungle Book. Colleagues in the entertainment world have remembered the iconic actor on their social media platforms with farewell messages.

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