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Legendary Mexican actor and comedian Héctor Suárez dies at age 81, family says

Suárez was the first Latin American comedian to be "roasted" by celebrity peers when Comedy Central Latin America brought the iconic "Roast" franchise to Mexico.
Image: Hector Suarez
Actor Hector Suarez speaks during a press conference at Angeles Hospital on Sept. 5, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.Eyepix Contributor / Sipa USA via AP

Héctor Suárez, one of Mexico's most legendary actors and comedians, died at age 81, his son said on social media Tuesday.

"For us, we're losing the father, the grandfather, the brother, the husband, and not the public figure that deserves all the recognition of the artistic family and the media," Héctor Suárez Gomís, also an actor, wrote in an Instagram post.

Suárez became well-known for using his spontaneous, dark humor to create timely and relatable comedy sketches and political satires in television shows such as ¿Qué nos pasa? (What's happening to us?), while also being critical about societal issues.

"Rest in peace Héctor Suárez, one of the greats of comedy, political parody and Mexican television. Unforgettable his characters of "What's happening to us?" Hugs to your loved ones," Jenaro Villamil, president of the Mexico's public broadcasting system tweeted.

During this 60 years of career, Suárez also acted in many Mexican telenovelas, or soap operas, as well as films, earning him multiple awards — including three "Diosa de Plata" awards, a prestigious recognition given out by PECIME, Mexico's association of journalists and filmmakers.

The highly acclaimed Mexican actor, comedian and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez posted a video tribute on Twitter, commemorating Suárez's legacy by sharing some of the moments they acted together on screen.

"Héctor Suárez was one of the people who most influenced my career," Derbez tweeted. "His creativity, his bravery, his dedication and respect for the stage were unique. A legend has left Mexico. Thank you for the many lessons you gave us on stage. What a great legacy you leaves us."

Suárez became the first Latin American comedian to be "roasted" by celebrity peers when Comedy Central Latin America brought the iconic "Roast" franchise to Mexico for the first time in 2013.

In 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer on the bladder and for four years he underwent several surgeries to treat the disease.

In one of his last interviews, the actor stated that he was in good health and "eating well and thinking well" after suffering from colon problems. "I got sick from swallowing candy and a sip ... of wine," he said with his usual good humor.

Suárez's death comes weeks after debuting his iconic comedic style on the social media platform Tik Tok, with the help of Rodrigo Suárez Calderón, one of his four children.

In the last tweet he posted before passing away, Suárez said he was "keeping up with the times," and introducing his comedy to younger generations.

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