'Operation Repo' star Carlos Lopez Jr. found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound
35-year-old Carlos Lopez Jr., best known for his role as a repo for Sonia Pizzaro's team on Telemundo's and TruTv's car repossession show 'Operation Repo' between 2012 and 2014, was found dead from apparent suicide. Lopez's body was found by his roommate on Sunday at 8 pm on the balcony of their downtown apartment in Los Angeles.
According to law enforcement and as reported by TMZ, the roommate in question subsequently called 911, but police and paramedics declared Lopez dead at the scene on arrival. He was reportedly found with a gunshot wound to the head, which the authorities said was self-inflicted. The tabloid also reported that a suicide note was found next to the star.
'Operation Repo' is an American television program that depicts the world of car repossession with a team that relates fictionalized tales of repossessions from California's San Fernando Valley.
Lopez studied theater at the River Stage Theater department in Sacramento, California, and had developed a successful career as a character actor. Besides 'Operation Repo,' he had also appeared in the likes of 'iCarly,' and 'CSI: Cyber.'
More recently, he also appeared as a SWAT team member in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and a foot soldier in 2014 film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'. He had a much bigger role as a CIA Station Chief opposite Cruise in 'American Made' in 2017. The actor had three new projects that were in post production. One was 'PTSD: An American Tragedy' in which he played Victor Martinez. Lopez had played Crazy Puppet in 'Angel Of Death' alongside Armand Assante.
On June 9, Lopez posted a photo to his Facebook page showing him standing behind John Cenain in the upcoming Transformers spinoff, 'Bumblebee'.
In a 2018 interview with his roommate, Ronnie Lee Tyrone, Lopez had said that he was going to school in Los Angeles for directing following the end of 'Operation Repo'. During that same interview, Lopez explained that he was developing a reality show named, 'Celebrity Security', about him and a group of other celebrity bodyguards.
Besides his acting career, Lopez had previously served 37 months in combat with the 1st Cavalry, 82nd Airborne, 101st, 451st CA Battalion. Lopez’s younger brother, Rocky, is currently an active service Marine.
Juanita, Lopez’s mother, voiced her grief in a Facebook post, “Our hearts are heavy. Our handsome adventurous and loving son Carlos Jr. Left is for Heaven yesterday and our hearts are so heavy. Keep our family and Carlos’s friend Ronnie Lee in your prayers please. We’ve lost our eldest son and military warrior.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lopez's family at this difficult time.