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Welcoming a baby into any family is always an exciting time, but for actress Eva Mendes her emotions hit an overwhelming peak when she gave birth to her baby and buried her younger brother within the same week.
Speaking to Latina magazine, the 42-year-old opened up about having to deal with meeting a bundle of joy in the form of her daughter Amada Lee, and laying to rest her brother Carlo Mendes in April this year.
‘Losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with,’ she explained.
‘So to just see everybody be there for one another and show up, I feel so lucky to have them. And then they were there for me when Amada was born.
‘We had a funeral service for him and that same week I had the baby. So it was really, really intense and obviously beyond heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful.’
Her brother Carlo, who is also an actor, died from cancer at the age of 53 on April 17, with Eva and her hubby Ryan Gosling meeting Amada a mere 12 days later.