Martinez thanked the show for his time in Salem and clarified that his character is not dead:
"As Eduardo is taken 'off the canvas' on DAYS, I want to express my gratitude to all who’ve supported him – and me – over the course of these last eighteen months. It’s been an honor to come to Salem on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of a show I have followed and esteemed for more than thirty years.
The work itself has been a consistent pleasure, partly because of the deliciously wounded guy I‘ve been playing, but mostly because of the multitude of excellent people who pass their days in the ongoing labor of love that is the making of this beloved show.
My pleasure in this process has grown steadily over the time I’ve been at it – and it's about to come to a memorably emotional peak in the climactic beats of my pivot away. The scenes of failed atonement with Galen, Jordi, Camila – and Lauren – were among the most wrenching of my life, in the most wonderful way possible.
Two final thoughts: For the record – Eduardo is not dead. If you care about him, you may choose to remember him.
And further, for those who’ve felt disappointed that he hasn’t conformed to their expectations as a "villain” – I’ll just say that it has never once occurred to me to approach him that way. What I most clearly carry in him is the knowledge that he was deeply broken as a boy, and that he has done his level best to recover – ever since. That he has fallen short is regrettable, but not a negation of his humanity. I kinda admire the guy, actually.
Meanwhile, much love to everyone in the DAYS community, going forward. May we all continue to prosper as best we can, and seek to deal in kindness along the way."