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Freddy Soto
Born June 22, 1970
El Paso, Texas
Died July 10, 2005
Los Angeles, California

Alfred Soto, Jr. (June 22, 1970 – July 10, 2005) was an American comedian, writer and actor. His stand-up comedy act focused primarily on his upbringing in a Mexican American household. Soto's death at age 35 was attributed to a mixture of alcohol and drugs.

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Life & career

He was born in El Paso, Texas to Mexican American parents. Soto moved to Los Angeles, California around 1990 and worked as a limousine driver for legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Soto's driving duties included driving Pryor to The Laugh Factory where club owner, Jamie Masada, encouraged Soto's comedy career. He later worked as a doorman at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, California. Before long, Soto was headlining comedy clubs across the country.

In 2000, a situation comedy was developed starring Soto. In 2001 and 2002, Soto toured as part of "The Three Amigos" with Carlos Mencia and Pablo Francisco. He had his own comedy specials on Home Box Office and Comedy Central Presents and had guest shots on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. In 2004, Soto had a role in the movie Spanglish starring Adam Sandler.

Death

On July 10, 2005, Soto performed at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Just hours after the performance, he died in his sleep at a friend's house. More than four months later, El Paso's KFOX-TV announced the coroner's determination that Soto died from a mixture of alcohol, Xanax and fentanyl. He is survived by his wife, Cory, and a 3-year old daughter, Cruz.

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