Cameron Diaz Reacts To Father’s Death

Cameron Diaz’s father, Emilio, has died, Access Hollywood has learned.

Emilio reportedly came down with the flu and it eventually turned into pneumonia.

He was 58.

Cameron released the following statement to Access Hollywood on Wednesday:

“My mom, sister and I are deeply appreciative of the overwhelming outpouring of love and support during this difficult time for us and all of our family. My dad was loved by so many people and his humor and spirit will always live on in our hearts.”

A second generation Cuban American, Emilio had a quick cameo as a jailbird in Cameron and Ben Stiller’s “There’s Something About Mary.”

But Emilio largely kept out of his daughter’s Hollywood spotlight, working as an oil company foreman.

Emilio was married to Cameron’s mother, Billie, for nearly 40 years.

Cameron talked about how her parents first met during a visit with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.”

“They met at the Sugar Shack up in Big Bear. They went dancing. My dad asked my mom’s friend to dance first, because he was trying to get closer to my mom. Then, he asked [my mom] to dance and nine months later, they were married,” Cameron told Jay.

While other outlets reported production on Cameron’s new movie, “My Sister’s Keeper,” shut down yesterday in the wake of the news, a source told Access Hollywood that was not true.

Although Cameron was not on the set yesterday, the source said that was because they were shooting scenes that did not involve her.

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