Known for her role as the sassy Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC's sitcom Modern Family, Sofia Vergara's journey to stardom is marked by unimaginable tragedy – from the death of her eldest brother, to a cancer battle, and a lawsuit over her frozen embryos.
And this week, the 51-year-old actor announced she and her husband Joe Manganiello are divorcing after seven years of marriage.
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This is what we know about the life of Sofia Vergara.
Sofia Vergara's brother was murdered.
Vergara grew up in Colombia where she was one of five siblings. Her father was a cattle rancher, and their large family was financially well-off because of it.
In 1998, her older brother Rafael was murdered during an attempted kidnapping.
"We come from a successful family, and he knew he was a target for kidnapping," Vergara said in a later interview, according to Fox News. "He always had bodyguards. Then one day he went out alone and was shot dead. I was devastated."
Following the death, Vergara moved to the United States, alongside her mother and two of her siblings.