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Roberto Gómez Bolaños (21 February 1929 - 28 November 2014), more commonly known by his stage name Chespirito, or "Little Shakespeare" was a Mexican screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter, and author. He is widely regarded as the most important Spanish-language humorist of all time.
He was internationally known for writing, directing, and starring in the Chespirito (1970-1973, 1980-1995), El Chavo del Ocho (1973-1980), and El Chapulín Colorado (1973-1979) television series. The character of El Chavo is one of the most iconic in the history of Latin American television, and El Chavo del Ocho continues to be immensely popular, with daily worldwide viewership averaging 91 million viewers per episode.
He is also a nephew of late president Gustavo Díaz Ordaz since Chespirito's mother was the president's cousin.
On 28 November 2014, Chespirito died from heart failure as a complication of Parkinson's disease at the age of 85, in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Many Mexican celebrities and Chespirito's former co-stars took to Twitter to express their feelings and they sent their condolences to Chespirito's widow and family. Such celebrities and former co-stars included George Lopez, Perez Hilton, Eugenio Derbez, Carlos Villagran, Edgar Vivar, Ruben Aguirre and Maria Antonieta de las Nieves. Chespirito is widely regarded as one of the most renowned Spanish-language comedians of the 20th century.
On 1 December 2014, he was buried at the Panteón Francés, in Mexico City, following a private funeral on Saturday and a public one held on Sunday at the Aztec Stadium, attended by about 40,000 fans. No one is able to visit his tomb since his widow wife does not authorize fans of his to visit it. A private security guard is present there along with a security camera at all times.
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