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Mexican singer and actor Edan Canto, known for his roles in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Agent Game,” as well as the TV series “The Cleaning Lady,” has passed away. He was 42. Spokesperson Jennifer Allen informed the Associated Press that Canto’s death was due to appendiceal cancer, and he chose to keep his diagnosis private.
“Edan had a depth of soul that very few knew. Those who glimpsed it were forever changed. He will be remembered by many,” Allen wrote in a statement.
Born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and raised in Texas, Canto began his career at the age of 16 when he left home for Mexico City to work as a singer-songwriter. He later ventured into acting, making his TV debut in the 2009 Mexican series “Estados de Gracia.” Following his American debut, he starred in the 2013 Fox drama series “The Following,” alongside Kevin Bacon.
His notable roles include the reimagined Sunspot in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Colombian politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in “Narcos,” and newly elected Vice President Aaron Shore in “Designated Survivor.” Canto also acted in the first film directed by Eva Longoria, “Bruised,” and in “Agent Game.”
In 2014, he directed his first short film, and in 2020, he directed a provocative Western short film titled “Theo Rossi.”
At the time of his death, Canto was acting in Fox’s “The Cleaning Lady” as Armando Morales. He was unable to participate in the production due to his illness, but there were hopes for his return in the later seasons. Canto was known for his wide smile and robust laughter. Friends mentioned his empathy and humility, qualities that set him apart in the industry.
Fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland, who worked with Canto in “Designated Survivor,” shared a tribute on his Instagram page. “It feels like I have had to make far too many of these posts lately, but I am heartbroken by the loss of Edan Canto. He was a beautiful soul,” Sutherland wrote alongside a picture of both of them on set. “His desire to be a good actor, to be great and then to be better, was truly impactful and he will be very missed. My heart goes out to his wife Stef and their two young children. Edan, may you rest in peace.”
Canto is survived by his wife, Stefanie N. Canto, and their two children, Roman Elder, 3, and Eve Josephine, 18 months.