Chespirito Gets a Moving Send-Off at Azteca Stadium Memorial

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In the midst of the political turmoil that has dominated the news cycle in Mexico for the last several months, the nation took time to remember a man that made generations all over Latin America laugh: Roberto Gómez Bolaños (aka Chespirito). The beloved comedian, actor, director and screenwriter passed away on Friday at 85 years old, and tributes to him flooded the internet. Perhaps nothing was more striking than Chespirito’s November 30th memorial at el Estadio Azteca, where an estimated 40,000 people  – many dressed up as some of his most iconic characters – gathered to celebrate his life.

A coffin bearing his name was paraded through the streets of Mexico City before arriving at the stadium, surrounded by children dressed as el Chapulín Colorado and El Chavo del Ocho, and artwork commemorating him sprung up around the city:

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