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Chespirito: Iconic Mexican Comedian Dies At 85

Sat, November 29, 2014 8:58am EDT by 5 Comments
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Chespirito, a comedian known around the world for his classic characters, has died. The icon was 85.

Beloved comedian Chespirito, whose real name was Roberto Gómez Bolaños, passed away on Nov. 28 at the age of 85. The actor was best known for his characters El Chavo and El Chapulín Colorado in iconic television series. He will be missed.

Chespirito Dead: Beloved Mexican Comedian Dies At 85

Chespirito died in Cancun on Nov. 28 from heart failure, Deadline reports.

His six-decade career was defined by his roles in the Televisa series Chespirito, El Chavo del Ocho and El Chapulin Colorado. His character from El Chapulin Colorado was the inspiration behind the Bumblebee Man on The Simpsons.

Over the course of his career, Chespirito worked as a screenwriter, playwright, director, actor and composer. He created the theater comedy Once y Doce (Eleven and Twelve), which is the most successful theater comedy in Mexican history.

His nickname came from the Spanish phonetic pronunciation of William Shakespeare — “Chespir” — combined with “ito,”

His prolific output earned him the nickname “Chespirito.” It came from the Spanish phonetic pronunciation of Shakespeare — “Chespir” — combined with “ito,” which was commonly used in Mexico to refer those with a short statures, according to Associated Press.

Our thoughts go out to Chespirito’s family and friends during this trying time.

— Avery Thompson

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