Indonesian singer and actress Julia Perez dies
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian singer and actress Yulia “Julia Perez” Rachmawati succumbed to cervical cancer at the age of 36.
Perez, who was known by the nickname Jupe, had been diagnosed with the disease in 2014. Her condition worsened in recent months before she died at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta at 11:12 am local time.
Perez first came into the spotlight in Indonesia in 2002, acting in various local soap operas. Her tight clothing and sensual image attracted controversy in the largely conservative, Muslim-majority country. In 2008, she started a career as a dangdut singer, a style of Indonesian folk music.
The news of Perez’s death was first posted by her sister, Nia Anggia, on Instagram.
Perez was last reported to have completed her chemotherapy treatment and had already gone through several operations.
Her assistant, Markoneng, informed Rappler through text message that Perez will be buried later today, Saturday, June 10, in accordance with Islamic custom. —Rappler.com