Gomez Bolanos, known as "Chespirito," a word play on 'Little
Shakespeare' for his diminutive stature and his prolific
scripts, died at his home in Cancun on Friday age 85.
Fans, many of them young children, brought white flowers and
balloons to a mass held at the Azteca national soccer stadium
where for hours they sang tributes to him and performed Mexican
Entire families dressed up in the costumes of his most enduring
comic characters, such as "El Chapulin Colorado" (The Red
Grasshopper) which inspired Bumblebee Man, the Spanish-speaking
character from the U.S. animated sitcom The Simpsons.
Gomez Bolanos, whose shows are still aired regularly although he
stopped recording material in the 1980s, was on Saturday honored
at the offices of broadcaster Grupo Televisa, for which he had
worked most of his career.
(Reporting by Noe Torres; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing
by Phil Berlowitz)
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