'Embrace of the Serpent' Star Antonio Bolívar Dies of COVID-19

The indigenous actor was one of the last remaining people of Colombia's Huitoto tribe
'Embrace of the Serpent' Star Antonio Bolívar Dies of COVID-19
Antonio Bolívar — best known for starring in Colombia director Ciro Guerra's stunning film Embrace of the Serpent — has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 72.

Bolívar was a member of the Huitoto indigenous people and played the shaman Karamakate in Guerra's Oscar-nominated 2015 film. Bolívar was one of the last remaining people of Colombia's Huitoto tribe.

His death was confirmed today by Deadline, who point to a report in the City Paper Bogota that revealed Bolívar was hospitalized in Leticia, Colombia, last week with COVID-19 symptoms. He passed away on Friday (May 1).

In addition to to his memorable role in Embrace of the Serpent, Bolívar appeared in Guerra's Netflix series Green Frontier.

As one of the last of his people, Bolívar also worked as a translator of indigenous languages, including Tikuna and Cubeo, which are spoken among the inhabitants of the Orinoco and Amazon region.