Xavier López “Chabelo” died at the age of 88

Xavier López “Chabelo” died at the age of 88

The family communicated the news via Twitter this Saturday: “With a torn soul and knowing that many and many people have loved him for many years and that they will feel his departure, We ask you to pray for his rest and give us the opportunity to spend in peace the mourning that overwhelms our entire family.“.


Born in Chicago, United States, Mexicans will long remember “Chabelo”, a high-pitched boy in his shorts, suspenders and sneakers.

But how did your stage name come about? Xavier López tells that he received the nickname “Chabelo” after telling a joke taken from a book that told the story of a boy named Chabelo. She played him for the first time in 1954 on a television show and, since then, she hasn’t left him.

Xavier López, marked by the story of Chabelo

Since “Chabelo” emerged, López was the host of “En familia con Chabelo”a weekly game show aimed at children that was broadcast on Sunday mornings from November 1967 to December 2015, on the stellar channel of the Televisa network.

The historic program has a particularity: It was interrupted very few times in its history, and only by events that marked a before and after in history worldwide.either to transmit the inaugurations of some World Cups or the visit of Pope Benedict XVI.

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The most awaited moment was when the “cataphyxia” arrived, which means the exchange of one object for another, without necessarily importing the value of both. In the program, three contestants exchanged their gifts – toys, bicycles or furniture – for a surprise hidden behind some curtains. Uncertainty lurked on television: the surprise could be better than the gift of the participants, but on many occasions it was disappointing junk.

The President of Mexico, Manuel López Obrador, sent his condolences to the family of Xavier López: “I hug family and friends for the death of Xavier López ‘Chabelo’. How can I forget that my oldest son woke up early to see him more than 40 years ago? years”.

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