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"Chabelo, the beloved Mexican children's comic character, passes away at the age of 88"


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Xavier López, popularly known as "Chabelo," the iconic Mexican children's comic, has passed away at the age of 88, as announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday.

López gained widespread recognition for hosting the beloved Sunday variety show "En Familia con Chabelo," which ran for an incredible 48 years from 1967 to 2015.

The Mexican president shared on Twitter that his own son used to wake up early to watch the show over four decades ago. López, who was not related to the president, often performed in children's clothing well into his 80s and helped establish a genre of adult comics dressed as children, which remained popular on Mexican television for many years.

Despite joking speculation about his longevity in show business, López's agent, Jessica Nevilley, confirmed his passing on Saturday morning.

López, who was born in Chicago to Mexican parents and later trained as a doctor, returned to Mexico with his family and discovered his passion for acting.

Funeral plan will be announce later.