'Veneno' Star Isabel Torres Dies at 52

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday February 16, 2022

"Veneno" star Isabel Torres has died from lung cancer at the age of 52, multiple media outlets reported, including the New York Times.

Torres' family confirmed her death in a statement posted to her official Instagram account in Spanish thanking fans for their support and well wishes.

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Torres made history in 1996 as the first transgender person in the Canary Islands to legally change their name and gender. She also became the first transgender woman to be a candidate for the title of Las Palmas Carnival Queen in 2005.

Torres' role as transgender singer and television personality Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez in the HBO Max series "Veneno" further launched her into stardom. However, her lung cancer diagnosis became the focal point of her life soon after the show premiered.

She documented her cancer treatments on Instagram for her fans and shared a video in November about her journey that she said would be her last.

"Let's see if I get over it," she said, referring to her cancer in the video. "And if not," she added, "what are we going to do? Life is like that."

Journalist Valeria Vegas, who wrote Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez's biography in 2015 and was also portrayed in "Veneno," posted a tribute praising Torres' talents.

"This is how we will remember her — happy, smiling and a fighter," Vegas wrote in Spanish. "She proved herself to be a wonderful actress, whose effort, talent and vitality will always be remembered."