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Mexico City, June 4 - Mexican actor Enrique Lizalde died here Monday, the Mexican Arts and Cinematographic Sciences Academy, of AMACC, announced via the social media networks. He was 76.

The AMACC regrets the passing of Enrique Lizalde, actor and founder of the Independent Actors Union -, the academy said, without providing more details about his death.

So far, the family of the actor - who had a long career in film, theater and television - has not provided any additional information about his death.

According to several media outlets, Lizalde - who was originally from the city of Tepic in Nayarit state - died in his home in the capital and a wake will be held at a funeral home.

Lizalde became a popular personality on Mexican television thanks to his role as Juan del Diablo on the 1966 soap opera Corazon Salvaje, which aired in a new version in 1993 and on which he also starred.

During the 1960s, the actor moved into film and among the movies he had roles in are Viento negro, La mentira, Corona de lagrimas and Oficio de tinieblas.

Lizalde's most recent work includes roles on the soap operas Mañana es para siempre and Amor sin maquillaje.

Other TV series in which he participated included Chispita, Dulce Desafio and Alcanzar una Estrella.

Mexican actress Silvia Pinal, who participated in a number of projects with Lizalde, lamented the actor's death.

He was a great actor. Lately, I didn't have much contact with him and I don't know if he was continuing to devote himself to acting, but I'm very sad about his death. He was a man of great worth, she said in a radio interview.

--IANS/EFE

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