Chespirito from 'El Chavo Del Ocho' dies at 85
I have some bad news for you chica. Iconic Mexican comedian, Roberto Gómez Bolaños also known as, "Chespirito" died today at his home in Cancun, Mexico. The legendary entertainer who was famous for playing his television character, "El Chavo del Ocho" was 85-years-old. I still can't believe it!
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Apparently he had been suffering from health problems over the last few years, but his cause of death still hasn't been announced. Millions of fans were devastated by the tragic news. El Chavo wasn't just a comedian who wrote and played a boy on television. He was also a writer, a film director and TV producer who literally changed the lives of millions. I don't think there's a single Latino on this planet who's not familiar with Chespirito. Everyone remembers his exaggerated freckles, his striped shirt and of course his frayed cap. Or that goofy red bodysuit he'd rock with the matching antennae that made him look like a big, red bumblebee.
I can hardly believe this man is dead. It was just the other day my abuela was watching one of the show's reruns. He really knew how to make people laugh without having to be vulgar or explicit. And he definitely touched hearts all over Latin America. "Mexico has lost an icon whose work has transcended generations and borders," Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted.
You had to see the craziness on Twitter today when the news of Chespirito's death broke. He had like 6.6 million people following him on Twitter. In fact, when he first opened an account back in 2011, he posted one single message, "Hello. I'm Chespirito. I'm 82-year-old and this is the first time I tweet. This is my debut. All the good people, follow me!" and they sure as hell did.
He may be dead, but his spirit will always remain alive. We will never forget him and the impact he's had on all of our lives. Rest in piece Chespirito! You will be forever missed!
Images via Mezcalent, ChespiritoRGB/Twitter