Xavier López Rodríguez, a popular Mexican entertainer best known for his long-running children’s television show, El Club de los Chabelos, has died at the age of 88. The announcement was made by his family via social media on Sunday evening. López Rodríguez, who was affectionately known as Chabelo to his fans, had starred in the show for over 47 years, making it one of Mexico’s most enduring and beloved television shows.
López Rodríguez had a long and varied career; he had acted in films and telenovelas, and had also worked as a voice actor and comedian. But it was his role as the evergreen host of El Club de los Chabelos that made him a household name in Mexico. The show had debuted on national television in 1967 and had become a staple of family programming in the country. López Rodríguez’s character, Chabelo, was a childlike persona who would interact with children and invite them to participate in games and contests on the show. The show was lauded for its educational and cultural programming, and was known for promoting values such as honesty, friendship, and perseverance.
Over the years, El Club de los Chabelos had adapted to changing times and tastes. It had evolved from being a variety show featuring skits and musical performances to a game show with elaborate sets and contests. López Rodríguez, meanwhile, had continued to play the character of Chabelo with unwavering sincerity and goodwill. He had become so identified with the character that it was common for people to refer to him as Chabelo rather than by his real name.
In recent years, López Rodríguez had stepped back from the limelight due to his age and declining health. He had made occasional appearances on television and had continued to engage with fans on social media. Despite his retirement from the show, the memory of López Rodríguez and his iconic character will live on in the hearts of Mexican audiences for generations to come.