Carlos Lopez Jr., Star Of TruTV's Operation Repo, Is Dead At 35

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Carlos Lopez Jr., best known for his work in television as a star of truTV's series Operation Repo, has died. Lopez passed away at his home in Los Angeles over the weekend. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

Los Angeles officers and paramedics were called to Carlos Lopez Jr.'s apartment on South Hope Street on the night of Sunday, June 24 after reports of a possible suicide. Authorities entered to discover Lopez unresponsive. L.A. coroner Ed Winter confirms to Deadline that Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene a bit after 8 p.m. on June 24. His death is being considered an apparent suicide. News of Carlos Lopez Jr.'s suicide comes shortly after famed fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality/chef Anthony Bourdain both died in tragic suicides.

A U.S. Army veteran, Carlos Lopez made a name for himself as a key figure of Operation Repo's last two seasons. Although he appeared on the show as himself, Operation Repo isn't quite a reality series. Instead, Operation Repo entertained viewers with reenactments of what are presented as true stories of vehicle repossessions in Los Angeles. The actual repossessions as aired on Operation Repo were scripted and dramatized, but there was always a sense of tension about how each repossession would play out.

Although Carloz Lopez Jr. was likely best known for his appearances on Operation Repo, he has a number of credits on other shows and projects. He had roles in episodes of iCarly, Outlaw Empires, America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back, and CSI: Cyber. Lopez had a presence on the big screen as well, often in action-packed films guaranteed to have viewers on the edges of their seats.

In 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Carlos Lopez tackled the role of a SWAT member. Fans of The Winter Soldier will remember that Cap faced off against and with his fair share of soldiers and SWAT fighters throughout the film. Lopez played a soldier again in 2014's live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His last released big screen venture was American Made, in which he played a CIA station chief in the story of the American pilot (played by Tom Cruise) who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 80s.

Our thoughts here at CinemaBlend are with Carlos Lopez' family, friends, and loved ones in what must be a very difficult time. His mother shared a post remembering and honoring her son on Facebook after the news of his death broke online:

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