Eva Mendes' Older Brother Dies of Cancer at 53

Eva Mendes' Older Brother, Carlos Mendez, Dies of Cancer at 53
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04/28/2016 AT 03:45 PM EDT

Eva Mendes is mourning the loss of older brother Carlos Mendez, who died April 17 after battling cancer. He was 53.

Their younger brother, Carlo Mendez, confirmed the news on his Instagram page, writing that Carlos "fought with all his might and power," and said he leaves behind two children, ages 13 and 5.

He also took to Instagram to write about his late brother's memorial service on Tuesday: "To remember who my brother was and the impact he left on us. The amazing person he was, the funny charming genius comedian creative hot tempered crazy calm person that he was."

Three weeks ago, the Lost River actress, 42, shared a black-and-white photo of herself with her older brother at the Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer event in January 2015, captioning the image with a heart emoji.

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Mendes introduced Katie Couric at the event, and told the audience that "tonight I'm here with my family and my brother Carlos, who had [cancer] treatment today."
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