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Mexico: RIP Chespirito! Thousands pay homage to Mexican legend01:13

Mexico: RIP Chespirito! Thousands pay homage to Mexican legend

Mexico, Mexico City
December 1, 2014 at 10:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands attended the mass funeral of late Mexican actor and comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos in Mexico City's Azteca stadium on Sunday. His wife Florinda Meza and his sons were joined by friends and thousands of fans. The ceremonly included the release of white doves.

Bolanos, whose health had been deteriorating since April, died in Cancun on Friday at the age of 85 following a heart attack. He is especially known for his characters "El Chavo del 8" and "El Chapulín Colorado."

His career began in the 1950s and saw him appear in hundreds of television programmes, 20 films and theatre productions that attracted record-breaking audiences. Originally trained as an engineer, Bolanos achieved fame with television programme "Chespirito," a television programme similar to "Captain Kangaroo" in the United States. His official Twitter account had about 6.6 million followers at the time of his death, and news of his passing was Twitter's top worldwide trending topic on Friday, beating Black Friday and the debut trailer for Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" film.

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Thousands attended the mass funeral of late Mexican actor and comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos in Mexico City's Azteca stadium on Sunday. His wife Florinda Meza and his sons were joined by friends and thousands of fans. The ceremonly included the release of white doves.

Bolanos, whose health had been deteriorating since April, died in Cancun on Friday at the age of 85 following a heart attack. He is especially known for his characters "El Chavo del 8" and "El Chapulín Colorado."

His career began in the 1950s and saw him appear in hundreds of television programmes, 20 films and theatre productions that attracted record-breaking audiences. Originally trained as an engineer, Bolanos achieved fame with television programme "Chespirito," a television programme similar to "Captain Kangaroo" in the United States. His official Twitter account had about 6.6 million followers at the time of his death, and news of his passing was Twitter's top worldwide trending topic on Friday, beating Black Friday and the debut trailer for Disney's upcoming "Star Wars" film.

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