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‘Designated Survivor’ Star Adan Canto Dead at 42

Adan Canto Designated Survivor Dead
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Just days into the new year, and we have another tragic death to report. Adan Canto, the star of ABC’s Designated Survivor and Fox’s hit show, The Cleaning Lady, has passed away at the age of 42.

Reports state that Canto passed away after a private battle with appendiceal cancer. According to The National Cancer Institute, appendiceal cancer is incredibly rare, affecting only one or two people out of one million. However, the NCI does state that it is becoming more common, especially in those aged 50 to 55.

Adan Canto Designated Survivor

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Canto’s reps from United Talent Agency confirmed his passing, and shared a brief statement:

“Adan had a depth of spirit that few truly knew. Those who glimpsed it were changed forever. He will be greatly missed by so many.”

Adan Canto was born in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico on December 5, 1981. When he was just 16 years old, he left his hometown in order to chase his dreams of being a musician. He saw some musical success, performing in the band Del Canto in Mexico City for five years. But Canto was destined for bigger things in Hollywood.

Adan Canto The Cleaning Lady

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Canto starred in a number of Spanish-language movies, but got his big break in 2013, when he starred as Paul Torres in The Following, alongside Kevin Bacon. He then became a superhero when he landed the role of Sunspot in the 2014 film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

From there, his career only continued to climb. In 2016, he was cast as Aaron Shore in the hit ABC show Designated Survivor. The show made waves when it premiered, showing exactly what a “designated survivor is.” Canto starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland, who played Tom Kirkman, the designated survivor who finds himself becoming President when the US Capitol is bombed.

Designated Survivor

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Most recently, Canto starred as Arman Morales, the leader of the mob, in the popular Fox show, The Cleaning Lady. Season three of The Cleaning Lady is set to premiere on March 5, with Canto continuing his role. We do not yet know if Fox will write his character out or if the role of Morales will be recast.

Canto leaves behind his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto, and his two children, Roman Alder, 3 1/2, and Eve Josephine, 1 1/2.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Canto.

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