The Mexico TV legend Chabelo died at 88 of an abdominal complication.
Mexican actor and comedian Xavier López Rodrguez, well known by his stage name “Chabelo,” passed away on March 24. He had been unwell for some time, and a complication in his abdomen ultimately led to his death.
The Mexico TV Legend Chabelo Died
Xavier López Rodríguez, the Mexican actor, performer, and businessman who portrayed the squeaky-voiced, shorts-wearing kid figure, passed away on Saturday at the age of 88.
Xavier López Rodrguez’s official Twitter account announced his passing on Tuesday.
Esta es una mañana muy triste, Xavier Lopez Chabelo , padre, hermano y esposo nos ha dejado de manera súbita, causa de complicaciones abdominales.
— Xavier Lopez Chabelo (@chabelooficial) March 25, 2023
His children’s game program, titled “En Familia con Chabelo” (Family Time with Chabelo), was broadcast live on the air every Sunday for 45 years.
The internet exploded with people praising Chabelo’s seemingly endless lifespan. Despite the fact that the show ended in 2015, memes using the character (such as those that put him at the Last Supper or that he saw the Big Bang) persisted for a considerable amount of time thereafter.
Early Life And Career
López was born in Chicago, Illinois, on February 17, 1935, to parents of Mexican descent. Shortly afterward, he and his two sisters relocated back to León in central Mexico. In 2020, he claimed to Caras magazine that he was “all my life and I consider myself 100% Mexican”.
Because of his dual citizenship, he was recruited into the US army at the age of 18. Nevertheless, the war ended before he could see any action, and he spent his brief duty at a base in California. After graduating from medical school, he spent several years practicing medicine at a private clinic in Mexico.
A part-time assistant job at Televisa’s headquarters in Mexico allowed him to pay for medical school. He began standing in for absent performers, and one day he was requested to recite an on-air joke about a boy called Chabelo.
In the 1950s, his demeanor was used in advertisements for Pepsi. After appearing in their ads throughout the Americas, López started his own radio program in Mexico called La medium hora de Chabelo, or The Chabelo Half Hour.
He has two Guinness World Records: the longest career as a children’s TV host and the longest tenure as Chabelo.