Roberto Gómez Bolaños Death Tribute: Televisa Sets Massive Homage With 'México Despide A Chespirito' At Iconic Estadio Azteca

'México Despide a Chespirito' Tribute
Televisa will let fans pay tribute to the late comic in a massive homage set at the legendary Estadio Azteca in México City. Twitter/TelevisaEsp

The comic genius that was Roberto Gómez Bolaños "Chespirito" has passed away at the age of 85 from heart failure. We all grew up with his characters like "El Chavo" and "El Chapulín Colorado." His catchphrases like "fue sin querer queriendo" and "se me chispiteó" became part of our every day lives for Mexicans and Spanish-speakers around the world. Televisa is organizing a massive event to say farewell to the iconic comedian. This Sunday, fans of "Chespirito" are invited to attend the Estadio Azteca and bring a flower to pay respects and say one final goodbye. The entrance is free of charge and Televisa will be distributing tickets to Mexico City residents all day Saturday at Televisa San Angel, Televisa Chapultepec and the Estadio Azteca box office. "México Despide A Chespirito" will start Sunday at 10am (local time).

Roberto Gómez Bolaños has passed away at the age of 85. "Chespirito" died of a heart attack and his passing ocurred on Friday, November 28th, as it was confirmed on-air by respected journalist Lolita Ayala during her news show at 2:50 p.m. (CST). The legendary comedian died in Cancún, Mexico, after reports that his health condition began to deteriorate last April. A close source to the family have toldMexican media  back then that doctors had lost hope of a full recovery. "Mr. Roberto is very ill but stable, the doctors say, who have already informed the family that there is no hope of recovery and to brace themselves for the worst," the insider said. Bolaños' son, Roberto Gómez Fernández, revealed a couple days ago that his father was stable but has lost mobility: "My father is fine but with a greater difficulty in moving."

Roberto Gómez Bolaños is a famous Mexican writer and actor known worldwide mainly for his characters "El Chavo del 8" and "El Chapulín Colorado." He was born in Mexico City in 1929 and studied engineering but never worked in that field. He found his passion for writing screenplays and scripts for television and radio with his work being featured in shows like "Cómicos y Canciones" and "El Estudio De Pedro Vargas." It was around this same time where he gained his nickname of "Chespirito" when director Agustín P. Delgado said he was a "Little Shakespeare" or "Shakespearito." In 1968 he signed a contract with Televisión Independiente de México where he was given a Saturday afternoon timeslot to expose his talent in sketches and comedy. This timeframe proved to be so popular the network moved him to Monday night and the legend was born. 

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