Mexican Comic Xavier López, Best Known as Chabelo, Passes Away at 88

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Xavier López, a prominent Mexican children's comic artist known by his stage name "Chabelo." Mr. López died at the age of 88, as reported by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday.

Mr. López gained widespread recognition for his work on the popular Sunday variety show En Familia con Chabelo, which aired for an impressive 48 years, from 1967 to 2015, according to NPR.

In a statement on his Twitter account, President López Obrador shared that his eldest son, José Ramón, used to wake up early to watch Mr. López's television performances over 40 years ago.

Mr. López, who was not related to the president, was known for his portrayal of children's characters in adult comics, which became a fixture on Mexican television for several decades. He often dressed in children's clothing, even well into his 80s.

His career was distinguished by his ability to maintain a childlike persona, performing in a raspy, high-pitched voice throughout his long career. His remarkable longevity led to playful speculation that he would outlive all his show business peers.

According to his agent, Jessica Nevilley, Mr. López passed away on Saturday morning. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

Despite being a U.S. citizen, having been born in Chicago to Mexican parents, Mr. López returned to Mexico with his family at a young age and pursued a career in acting, which proved to be his true calling.

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