Xavier Lopez — aka, ‘Chabelo,’ who'd been on Mexican and Latin American households’ TV screens for many years, offering laughs and leisure — has died.
The legendary comedian and actor, well-known for dressing up as somewhat child and starring in quite a lot of sketch and comedy exhibits, handed away Saturday … which was first introduced by the President of Mexico, no much less — Andrés Manuel López Obrador — on Twitter.
Abrazo a familiares y amigos por el fallecimiento de Xavier López “Chabelo”. Cómo olvidar que mi hijo mayor se despertaba temprano para verlo hace más de 40 años.
— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) March 25, 2023
He wrote (in Spanish), “Hugs to household and mates for the dying of Xavier López “Chabelo”. How can I overlook that my eldest son awakened early to see him over 40 years in the past.”
Chabelo's Fb web page went into extra element about how precisely he died with a message from his household, noting there have been belly issues he was coping with — which they are saying took his life all of the sudden. It is unclear what kind of sickness he could have been battling.
In any case, the publish goes on to say this … “With a torn soul and realizing that many and many individuals have beloved him for a few years and that they may really feel his departure, we ask you to wish for his relaxation and provides us the chance to spend in peace the mourning that overwhelms our complete household.”
Chabelo was well-known in Spanish-speaking households — not simply in Mexico, the place he lived and labored, however right here within the States as properly … as his content material was a staple for early morning kids's programming. His most well-known contribution is perhaps his long-running selection present, “En Familia con Chabelo.” He performed the host — in character as somewhat child named Chabelo, wearing childlike overalls, and many others. — and would play video games, do interviews and extra.
The very fact this present, specifically, ran for therefore lengthy (1968-2012) uninterrupted with him because the host really received a pair Guinness World Information — one for Longest Profession as a Kids’s Tv Host and one other for taking part in the Chabelo character basically (57 years).
Different hit exhibits he helped spearhead and star in embrace … “La carabina de Ambrosio,” “La Güereja y algo más,” “La escuelita VIP,” “La familia P. Luche,” and lots of, many others.
Chabelo is credited with creating a complete subgenre of comedy in Latin America … specifically, adults portraying themselves as children — which has been finished again and again through the years. This man's the unique … and his passing is akin to shedding somebody like Fred Rogers.
He is survived by his spouse and youngsters. Chabelo was 88.