The Mexican actor Xavier López, known for his television character Chabelo, died this Saturday at the age of 88 "suddenly" due to abdominal complications," according to a statement published by his family on his Facebook social network page.
The actor hosted the Sunday program
En familia con Chabelo
for almost 48 years on Mexican television: its 2,463 broadcasts left a sentimental mark on generations of Mexicans.
But did he know that he wasn't born in Mexico, that he almost ended up on the front lines of a war, or why he didn't go to the Olympics after qualifying?
Or where does the name of Chabelo come from, and what were his health problems, despite the jokes in networks about his immortality, which ended up causing his sudden death?
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Although he grew up and lived most of his life in Mexico, López was born on February 17, 1935 in
, Illinois, where his parents met and lived.
The actor always maintained American nationality and was even drafted into the Army
at the age of 18
during the Korean War (1950-1953).
He served a few months at a military base in San Diego, but never went to the front.
In addition to his artistic gifts, López was a high-level athlete.
He practiced Greco-Roman wrestling from an early age and at the age of 17 he participated in the national championship where he qualified for the
Olympic Games , in the welterweight category.
However, he could not afford his trip and that prevented him from participating. He also practiced
and motor racing.
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López entered the university to study medicine, but by chance he began working as an assistant in the fledgling Mexican television.
The name of the famous character that marked his career originated when the presenter Ramiro Gamboa, nicknamed
asked him to read a joke, knowing his ability to imitate voices.
The joke was about a father and a son named
, and López read in the childish voice that would accompany him on his programs from now on.
In December 2012, he was awarded two
for being the child driver with the longest career, almost 48 years with his Sunday program;
and for being the actor who has played a character for the longest time, in his case Chabelo for 57 years.
During his old age he became a constant trend on social media for his
, and it was common for fans to say that he was immortal and compare him to other famous celebrities.
"I really enjoy it and I applaud the ingenuity of those who make them," he said of the viral jokes they used to make about Chabelo.
In October 2019, he denied rumors about alleged health problems on the networks.
"I'm very well.
Those who gossip, very bad.
With all my love I send you a trumpet, ”she joked.
But in March 2022, he reported that he had cancer and assured that he had already overcome it.
"Cancer? Yes, overcome, thank God and the doctors. Out of danger," she wrote on his Twitter account.