Adan Canto, star of ‘X-Men’ and ‘Designated Survivor’, dies at age 42

Adan Canto at the Disney-ABC Television Group 2014 Winter Press Tour Party Arrivals at The Langham Huntington on January 17^ 2014 in Pasadena^ CA

Adan Canto, who starred in the TV drama “Designated Survivor” and 2014 film “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” died Monday after a battle with appendiceal cancer at the age of 42.

Canto’s reps at UTA, Entertainment360 and Viewpoint said, per Deadline: “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.”

Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment also shared a statement on the death of Canto: “A wonderful actor and dear friend, we were honored 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.”

Canto most recently ortrayed Arman Morales in “The Cleaning Lady,” which is currently filming its third season. He also starred as Vice President-elect Aaron Shore opposite Kiefer Sutherland for three seasons of the ABC and Netflix show “Designated Survivor,” with additional credits including “Narcos,” “Blood and Oil,” and “The Following”.

Canto, who was born in Mexico and raised in Texas, was also a singer/guitarist. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Ann Canto, and his two children, Roman Alder, 3, and Eve Josephine, 1.

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