Theresa Saldana, known for her role on the ‘90s cop drama “The Commish” and “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 61. The actress had been hospitalized with an unknown illness and passed away on Monday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, her friends confirmed the news in a Facebook post.
The cause of her death is still unknown at the time.
Saldana made headlines in 1982 when she was a victim of a near-fatal stalking incident. The actress was stabbed several times outside her West Hollywood home by a mentally disturbed stalker. Barely surviving the attack, she resumed her acting career and advocated about the issue of celebrity stalking. She later founded the Victims for Victims organization that fought for the establishment of anti-stalking laws.
She worked as an actress for many years, her big break was co-starring opposite Michael Chiklis in the 1991 series “The Commish.” She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role, which aired from ’91 to ’96. Saldana also worked alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. In the early 2000’s she acted on television series like “Law & Order,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “All My Children.” She stopped acting in 2004.