Acting Star Passes Away at 56 After Cancer Diagnosis

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.26 - 2023 7:17 PM CET

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Kamar de los Reyes, renowned for his role as Antonio Vega in the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to People.

His death, shortly after a cancer diagnosis, was confirmed by a representative for his family. De los Reyes, who portrayed the character from 1995 to 2009, was 56 years old at the time of his passing.

In addition to his iconic role in "One Life to Live," de los Reyes also made his mark in other television shows, including "Sleepy Hollow" and the CW's "All American," where he played Coach Montes from 2022 to 2023.

His voice acting talents were showcased in the video game franchise "Call Of Duty," where he voiced the character Raul Menendez, and he had a stint on the ABC show "The Rookie."

Born on November 8, 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, de los Reyes grew up in Las Vegas with a passion for singing and dancing. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s, driven by his ambition to be an entertainer.

His career included notable performances in the off-Broadway play "Blade to the Heat," where he originated the role of Pedro Quinn, and a role in Shakespeare in the Park's production of "The Tempest." His film credits include appearances in "Nixon" and "Salt."

De los Reyes is survived by his wife, actress Sherri Saum, and his sons Caylen, 26, from a previous relationship, and twins Michael and John, 9, with Saum. He also leaves behind brothers Daniel and Walfredo, Jr., sisters Lily and Ilde, and parents Matilde and Walfredo.

In his final days, de los Reyes was actively working, filming for "All American" and had roles in Hulu's upcoming limited series "Washington Black" and Marvel's upcoming "Daredevil" series. His last Instagram post celebrated the achievements of his eldest son, reflecting his pride and joy in his family.

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