September 27, 2010 / 11:32 PM / 8 years ago

George Lopez and wife to end marriage after 17 years

Comedian George Lopez attends Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and talk show host George Lopez and his wife, Ann, will end their 17-year marriage, the pair said in a joint statement on Monday.

“The decision is amicable and by mutual agreement. They remain dedicated parents and committed partners in business and their philanthropic organization, The Lopez Foundation,” said the statement.

No further details were available about their divorce. The pair have a 15-year-old daughter.

Lopez, who suffers from kidney disease, needed an organ transplant in 2005 and his wife donated hers in a successful operation. Their foundation is dedicated to helping kids and adults who face health and education challenges, as well as to creating awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

Lopez, 49, made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian and radio show host before starring in his own TV sitcom, “George Lopez,” which aired from 2002 to 2007.

He currently hosts his own talk show “Lopez Tonight” on cable channel TBS in the United States.

Editing by Jill Serjeant

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