X-Men Star Adan Canto Has Died Aged 42

Adan Canto Dead: The X-Men actor has tragically passed away aged 42.
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X-Men star Adan Canto has tragically died aged 42.

Canto was best known for his leading role in The Cleaning Lady – a TV series which follows a single mother who works for gangsters and criminals to provide for her child.

He also starred in Narcos, Designated Survivor and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, in which he played the superhero mutant Sunspot.

Sadly, it has been announced that Canto has passed away.

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In a joint statement by Fox Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, as per The Wrap, the studios say: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Adan Canto.

“A wonderful actor and dear friend, we were honoured to have him as part of the Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment families since his U.S. debut in The Following more than a decade ago.

“Most recently, he lit up the screen in The Cleaning Lady with a powerful performance that showcased his artistry, range, depth and vulnerability.

“This is an unfathomable loss, and we grieve alongside his wife Stephanie, their children and loved ones. We will miss Adan dearly.”

According to Variety, Canto passed away after a private bout of appendiceal cancer – a type of cancer that grows from cells that make up the appendix, as per the National Cancer Institute.

Adan Canto in X-Men.
X-Men star Adan Canto has died aged 42. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tributes for The Following star have poured in across social media.

Halle Berry, who starred alongside Canto in X-Men and directed him in the film Bruised, posted on Instagram: “I don’t have the words just yet… but my dear sweet friend Adan just gained his wings. Forever, forever in my heart.”

Kifer Sutherland – who starred with Canto in Designated Survivor – penned: “It seems lately I have had to make too many posts like this one, but I am heartbroken by the loss of Adan Canto.

“He was such a wonderful spirit. As an actor his desire to do well, to be great, and then do better, was truly impressive and he will be greatly missed.

“I am also heartbroken for his wife, Steph and his two young children. Adan, may you rest in peace.”

One fan wrote: “Adan Canto was one of my favourite actors and I am so sad he is gone.

The Cleaning Lady won’t be the same without him and I loved his work on Designated Survivor. May he rest in peace and praying for his family.”


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Season three of The Cleaning Lady is set to air on March 5 but according to Deadline, Canto will not be a part of it.

Due to his health, he was unable to be a part of filming before the writer’s strikes – but he was hoping to come back later on in the season.

Canto was born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico in 1981, but was raised in Texas.

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He left home when he was 16 to pursue a career as a singer and guitarist in Mexico City.

He started acting in local commercials and TV shows before being scouted for a major role in Kevin Williamson’s 2013 Fox drama series The Following.

Canto is survived by his wife Stephanie Ann Canto as well as his two children, Roman Alder, 3, and Eve Josephine, 1.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.