Beloved Mexican Comedian
… Dead at 88
3/25/2023 2:23 PM PT
Xavier Lopez — also known as ‘Chabelo,’ who entertained Mexican and Latin American families for decades, has passed away.
The legendary comic and actor, famous for dressing up as a little kid and starring in a number of sketch and comedy shows, passed away on Saturday. The news was first announced by the President of Mexico, 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.
He wrote (in Spanish), “Hugs to family and friends for the death of Xavier López “Chabelo”. How can I forget that my eldest son woke up early to see him over 40 years ago.”
Chabelo’s Facebook page went into more detail about how he died with a message from his family, noting there were abdominal complications he was dealing with — which they say took his life suddenly. It’s unclear what sort of illness he may have been battling.
In any case, the post goes on to say this … “With a torn soul and knowing that many and many people have loved him for many years and that they will feel his departure, we ask you to pray for his rest and give us the opportunity to spend in peace the mourning that overwhelms our entire family.”