Iconic Mexican Comedian 'Chespirito' Dies at 85

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Iconic Mexican Comedian 'Chespirito' Dies at 85


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Roberto Gomez Bolaos * The iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the television character "El Chavo del Ocho" for millions of Latin American children died Friday (Nov. 28, 2014) at age 85.

Known as "Chespirito," he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well as Mexico's other transcendent comedian who eventually made it to Hollywood, Cantinflas.

His two most famous characters were "El Chavo del Ocho," who lived in the homes of Latin America and beyond with his barrel, freckles, striped shirt and frayed cap, and the naive superhero "El Chapuln Colorado," or "The Crimson Grasshopper." His morning show was a staple for preschoolers, much like "Captain Kangaroo" in the United States.

Proof of his wide and endearing popularity came when he opened a Twitter account in 2011 with a simple message: "Hello. I'm Chespirito. I'm 82 years old and this is the first time I tweet. This is my debut. All the good people, follow me!"

In less than two months, he had 1 million followers. By the time of his death, there were 6. …

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