Rosario Dawson Speaks Out About Sudden Death of Cousin at 26: ‘You Just Don’t Know When Your Time Is’

Suzy Byrne
Celebrity Editor
Rosario Dawson spoke out about her cousin Vaneza Ines Vazquez’s May 11 death during her AOL Build interview on May 24. (Photo: Getty Images)

Two weeks after actress Rosario Dawson walked downstairs in her Venice home and found her 26-year-old cousin unresponsive, she spoke out about her loss.

“My cousin just died, Vaneza [Ines Vazquez], and I’m coming up on the six-year anniversary of my grandmother’s passing,” the Luke Cage actress, 38, said while talking regrets — and working to make sure she doesn’t have any — during an interview with AOL Build on Wednesday. “From 75 to 26 — you just don’t know when your time is. I just don’t want to be in any kind of position where I’m looking back [and] going, ‘Ah, I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve, didn’t, damn!’”

On May 11, Dawson, who has a 14-year-old adopted daughter, found her cousin unresponsive, according to TMZ. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Vazquez, who worked for Rosario, but were unsuccessful.

It is thought Vazquez, who suffered from hypertension and migraines, died of natural causes. (She didn’t have substance abuse issues.) A toxicology report is pending.


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