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Iconic Mexican comedian ‘Chespirito’ dies at 85

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - APRIL 1:  Famous comedian Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos) greets the crowd during a tribute in Aztec stadium 01 April 2000 in Mexico.   El popular comediante Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bola?os) saluda al publico durante el homenaje que recibio en el estadio Azteca, en Ciudad de Mexico el 01 de abril de 2000 durante el tiempo de descanso del partido de futbol entre el Atlante y el Necaxa.AFP PHOTO/ Ramon Cavallo  (Photo credit should read RAMON CAVALLO/AFP/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – APRIL 1: Famous comedian Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bolanos) greets the crowd during a tribute in Aztec stadium 01 April 2000 in Mexico. El popular comediante Chespirito (Roberto Gomez Bola?os) saluda al publico durante el homenaje que recibio en el estadio Azteca, en Ciudad de Mexico el 01 de abril de 2000 durante el tiempo de descanso del partido de futbol entre el Atlante y el Necaxa.AFP PHOTO/ Ramon Cavallo (Photo credit should read RAMON CAVALLO/AFP/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Televisa television network has announced the death of iconic Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos.

Better known as “Chespirito,” he wrote and played the boy television character “El Chavo del Ocho” that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children.

Gomez Bolanos was 85. The cause of death is not immediately known.

 

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