Who was it and what did León Ichaso, the director of “El Cantante” by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony die of?

In 2006, “El cantante” was released, one of the most controversial musical films of recent years, starring Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopezhusbands at that time, and who followed the story of Hector Lavoeprobably the best salsa singer in history.

The film was directed by Leon IchasoCuban director known for his important documentary films and who in those years had been responsible for films such as “hendrix” either “Ali: an American hero”, which covered the life of the guitarist and the boxer, respectively.

Sadly, the acclaimed director has passed away at the age of 74, as confirmed by Mari-Claudia Jimenezniece of the United States celebrity, on her social networks.

The Cuban director was responsible for "sugarhill" with Wesley Snipes (Photo: Carlos Díaz / Facebook)

The Cuban director was responsible for “Sugar Hill” with Wesley Snipes (Photo: Carlos Díaz / Facebook)


The director was born on August 3, 1948 in Havana, Cuba, and traveled to Mexico at the age of 14, to later arrive in the United States with his mother Antonia and sister Mari, while his father remained on the island, since he was a supporter of Fidel Castro and was an active member of the Cuban revolution.

Notably Justo Rodriguez-Santosfather of León, joined his children five years later and served as a poet and composer.

Already established in North America, Cuban had his first roles in theater and television, although it would be as a director that he would have his most outstanding works, making his debut from the chair in “El super”, a 1979 Latin comedy that tells the story of an immigrant who seeks to succeed in New York.

During his career, Ichaso used action as part of his narrative, which was reflected in his collaboration with series like “Miami Vice”, “Crime Story” either “The Equalizer”, as well as tapes such as “The Fear Inside” either “sugarhill”, the latter starring Wesley Snipes and that it was part of a trilogy based on the underworld.

However, and with the success in biographical films, in 2006 the director would make what is considered the most important work of his filmography: “The singer”, a film based on the life of Héctor Lavoe and starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.


In conversation with People en Español, Mari-Claudia Jimenezniece of the acclaimed creator, confirmed his death at age 74 in Los Angeles, California.

Although León’s death has not been confirmed, his sister, the Cuban journalist Mari Rodriguez Ichasoindicated that this occurred due to “a massive heart attack”.

Today is the most horrible day of my life. My beloved brother Leon Ichaso died today. i’m broken”, indicated the journalist.

As indicated by the Cuban, the director “he was happy and very happy to have beaten a cancer after 2 years in a successful clinical study of a new medicine at UCLA”.

In the same way, none of the relatives provided details of the funeral honors that he will receive.

León Ichaso had beaten cancer years ago (Photo: Luis de la Paz / Facebook)

León Ichaso had beaten cancer years ago (Photo: Luis de la Paz / Facebook)


  • Name: Leon Rodriguez Ichaso
  • Birthdate: August 3, 1948
  • Place of birth: Havana Cuba
  • Age: 74 years
  • Occupation: director and screenwriter
  • Date of death: May 22, 2023
  • Place of death: Los Angeles California