This Saturday morning, March 25, the death of actor and host Xavier López “Chabelo” was confirmed. His family issued a statement on their official Twitter account in which they regret the death of the”friend of all children,” as he was called for his work for children’s audiences. At the age of 88, one of the most beloved artists of the medium leaves this world, which is once again in mourning a few days after the passing of Ignacio López Tarso and Rebecca Jones.
“With a heartbroken soul and knowing that many people have loved him for many years and will feel his departure, we ask you to pray for his rest and allow us to pass the grief that overwhelms our entire family in peace. Lopez Miranda family,” they wrote on the digital platform to publicize the unfortunate event.
What did Chabelo die of?
The actor’s family also shared that the causes of “Chabelo’s” death were due to abdominal complications, which according to specialized medical sites, may correspond to conditions such as Hematoma rupture, intra-abdominal abscess, intestinal obstruction or ileus, biliary leaks, and/or biloma (a medical condition where bile accumulates in a localized area outside the bile ducts, such as in the liver, abdominal wall, or other organs) and abdominal compartment syndrome.
“This is a very sad morning, Xavier Lopez Chabelo, father, brother and husband has left us suddenly, cause of abdominal complications,” they wrote on their official Twitter platform account.
Recall that in 2020 his wife, Teresa Miranda, explained that he was taken to the hospital after noticing that he had discomfort. After some studies he underwent, a cancerous tumor was detected in his digestive tract. In May 2022, the driver published a message on networks in which he assured that he was out of danger. “Overcome, thanks to God and the doctors. Evicted? No!”.
Xavier López and his history in show business
Xavier López Rodríguez, the real name of the actor and host, was born on February 17, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Still, his parents were originally from León, Guanajuato, and moved before he was born. When he was one year old, they returned to their homeland. At eighteen, he returned to the U.S. to perform his military service, being recruited by the U.S. Army to work for three months in a military base in San Diego, California, where he was almost sent to the Korean War.
He returned to Mexico and moved to the capital with his family to study medicine, which he practiced for four years in a private sanatorium. But, while studying, he visited the facilities of Televicentro, which would later become Televisa, where he met the producer, Luis de Llano Palmer, who offered him a job as a production assistant. He also worked as a cameraman and floor manager.
The experience helped him decide to become an actor, and he subsequently went inside to study drama for four years. He began to make brief appearances in the so-called teleplays, where he participated as a substitute for actors who were late or absent.