- Although he is known for his work on television, film, and theater, “Chabelo” actually studied Medicine at UNAM.
- After graduating from university, he worked for a couple of years in a private hospital, but in the end he preferred to focus on the media.
- During his last stage of life he had several health problems such as a cancerous tumor in the digestive tract and a failure in the Central Nervous System.
March 25, 2023 will be remembered as a sad day for the world of entertainment in Mexico. The reason is because the death of the actor was confirmed Xavier López “Chabelo” at the age of 88 but something few know is that he studied Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
The terrible news was released by the comedian’s family through his official social networks. The ad mentions that the death occurred suddenly and was caused by abdominal complications. So far no further details have been released.
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. Lopez Miranda Family
— Xavier Lopez Chabelo (@chabelooficial) March 25, 2023
In this case, the histrión is considered one of the emblems of Mexican culture of the 20th century. It’s all thanks to his constant work that spanned film, television and theater. While in recent years it has gained notoriety through social networks.
Although Xavier was born in 1935 in the United States, since he was a baby he moved to Mexico and spent his entire life here. For a brief period, he returned to his home country to complete his military service and participate in the Korean war.
Did you know that “Chabelo” studied Medicine at UNAM?
At the end of the war, he returned to our country and At the age of 18, “Chabelo” entered the UNAM School of Medicine. In parallel and to be able to afford the degree, he had to look for a part-time job. In this way he entered as an assistant in the newly created company called Televicentro, which would eventually become Televisa.
According to what was published by infobae, after graduating with a degree in Medicine, he worked for a couple of years in a private hospital. Although in the end he preferred the world of entertainment and focused entirely on television productions.
In that sense, Xavier played all kinds of roles in order to prosper. From cameraman and floor manager to starting with small roles in some programs of the time. There was a transcendental event that would mark his career forever and it is a peculiar characteristic that he knew how to exploit. It is about the modulation of his voice because he was able to imitate the timbre of a children.
Thus was born his character “Chabelo” and became an emblem of entertainment in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. His impact reached other media such as the cinema where he starred in several family-themed productions.
For his part, his greatest achievement was getting his own program called “In Family with Chabelo” aimed at children. The show was broadcast on Sunday mornings and was on the air for 48 years without interruption. To date it holds the record for being the longest television production in the history of Mexico.
Main illnesses suffered by “Chabelo”
However, During his last years of life, “Chabelo” developed various health problems. One of the most serious was a Cancerous tumor in the digestive tract that was detected in 2020. At that time he had to undergo chemotherapy.
Similarly, in 2008 he was hit by a vehicle. As a result he suffered a sprain and fracture of two ribs. The problem was that he never fully recovered because he developed pain in his vertebrae that never went away.
In addition to the above, in 2018 he announced that he had a failure in the Central Nervous System. As a consequence he developed incoordination and muscular weakness. For this reason, in recent years his quality of life has decreased considerably.
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