Xavier López, the beloved Mexican children’s comic known as “Chabelo,” passed away at 88 on Saturday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced his death on Twitter, remembering how his son José Ramón used to watch Chabelo on TV more than 40 years ago.
The cause of death was reported as abdominal complications.
Born in Chicago to Mexican parents, López moved to Mexico with his family when he was young and trained as a doctor before finding his true passion in acting.
He became popular in Mexican television for his long-running Sunday variety show, En Familia con Chabelo, which aired from 1967 to 2015.
In addition, López was known for dressing in children’s clothes and performing in a child’s voice, even into his 80s.
As a tribute to the late comic, the Mexican National Team will observe a minute of silence before their Nations League match against Jamaica at the Azteca Stadium.
Chabelo was a well-known soccer fan and followed the América team.
The Mexican Soccer Federation expressed their condolences on social media, thanking Chabelo for the joy he brought to people’s lives.
The match will mark the debut of the Mexican National Team under the guidance of Argentine coach Diego Cocca, who was appointed in February.
As of Friday night, 70% of the tickets had been sold, and a large crowd is expected to attend the game between Mexico and Jamaica.