By Variety Staff
Mexican telenovela star Karla Alvarez, who was known for playing villains, has died, allegedly from respiratory failure, according to Mexican journalist Gustavo Adolfo Infante.
She was 41 and had appeared in the novela “Que Bonito Amor” just this year, though she was rumored to be battling alcoholism as well as an eating disorder.
Alvarez’s breakthrough role, according to Latin Times, came in “Maria Mercedes.” Other credits include “Buscando El Paraiso,” “Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma,” 1997′s “Mi Querida Isabel,” in which she starred, as well as “La Mentira,” “La Intrusa,” “Alma Rebelde,” “Inocente De Ti,” “Heridas de Amor” and “Las Tontas No Van Al Cielo.”
She was briefly married to Mexican actor Alexis Ayala.
Alvarez, born in Mexico City, also appeared on reality show “Big Brother VIP” in 2003.