Chabelo: Mexican comic Xavier Lopez, ‘Chabelo,’ dies at 88
MEXICO CITY –
Xavier Lopez, a Mexican children’s comic better known by his stage name “Chabelo,” has died at the age of 88, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote Saturday.
Lopez’s most famous work, the Sunday variety show “En Familia con Chabelo,” ran for a staggering 48 years from 1967 to 2015, being Mexico’s longest-running television show.
The Mexican president wrote on his Twitter account that his eldest son, Jose Ramon, “was up early to see him (on television) more than 40 years ago”.
Lopez, who is not related to the president, often performed in children’s clothing in his 80s. He helped found a genre of adult comics dressed as children that became a staple. headlines for decades on Mexican television.
His longevity – he’s performed in the high-pitched voice of a child throughout his career – leads to joking speculation that he will outlive others in the show business.
Lopez’s agent, Jessica Nevilley, said he passed away Saturday morning. A private funeral will be held for him next Saturday.
A US citizen – he was born in Chicago to Mexican parents – Lopez returned to Mexico with his family at a young age and trained as a doctor. But he found his calling in acting.
The comic’s family wrote on its fan page that Lopez “suddenly passed away from abdominal complications”.
He was survived by several children and his wife.