Cepillín, a Clown Beloved Throughout Latin America, Is Lifeless at 75

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MEXICO CITY — Ricardo González Gutiérrez, the beloved Mexican clown generally known as Cepillín, who was watched by generations of kids all through Latin America, died on March 8 in Mexico Metropolis. He was 75.

The trigger was cardiac arrest, stated his son and fellow performer Ricardo González Guajardo, who added that his father had lately realized he had most cancers.

Identified for his cherry-red nostril and his black painted beard, Cepillín blended bodily comedy with music, dance and ventriloquism in performances on tv in addition to within the circus ring. His falsetto voice crammed properties throughout Mexico, significantly to the tune of his ever-popular model of the normal Mexican birthday music, “Las Mañanitas.”

In a half-century profession, Cepillín hosted TV exhibits broadcast from Mexico, offered thousands and thousands of copies of his albums of kids’s songs, and later drew thousands and thousands of viewers to his movies on TikTok and YouTube. And he toured Mexico and the USA with circus corporations, together with his personal and the Ringling Brothers, performing for everybody from drug cartel capos to former President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico.

By his account, nonetheless, it was his work ethic and never his expertise that made him a family title within the Spanish-speaking world, together with amongst Latinos in the USA.

“It’s not that I’m the most effective clown,” he stated in a 2018 interview on Mexico’s Imagen Televisión. “I’m the one which labored the toughest, that labored probably the most.”

Ricardo González Gutiérrez was born on Feb. 7, 1946, within the northern metropolis of Monterrey. He was the third baby of seven brothers and sisters. His father, Rubén González Flores, managed a ironmongery shop and labored as a radio presenter. His mom, Rebeca Gutiérrez de González, was a homemaker.

Mischievous and stressed as a baby, Cepillín had ambitions early on to be an artist, however his dad and mom would have none of it. “In our home there was all the time a ‘no’, a ‘no’ for every part,” he instructed Mexico’s TV Azteca in an interview broadcast this month. “I used to be trampled.”

Pressured by his dad and mom, Ricardo enrolled within the dentistry program on the Autonomous College of Nuevo León. It turned out to be the unintended doorway to his performing profession. As a scholar he joined a tv marketing campaign to advertise dental hygiene amongst kids and got here up with the concept of portray his face in clown make-up to make them much less afraid of the dentist’s chair.

Inspired by their response, he started utilizing his clown persona off display as effectively, and Cepillín was born. (The title comes from the Spanish phrase for toothbrush.)

In 1971, he was invited to host his personal present for kids on a neighborhood TV station. After marrying María Aydé Guajardo, he moved to Mexico Metropolis in 1977 and was employed by the nationwide tv channel Televisa to star in his personal present. “El Present de Cepillín” ran for 3 years and was broadcast all through Latin America.

That 12 months he additionally recorded his first kids’s album — one in all greater than a dozen he would make in his profession, with themes starting from disco to nation music and all the time delivered in his trademark falsetto.

Cepillín went on to seem in exhibits on varied native tv stations in Mexico and toured internationally with circus corporations, together with his personal, “El Circo de Cepillín.”

He carried out in a stage version of “Aladdin” with the actress Salma Hayek years earlier than she made it to Hollywood, and appeared within the 1979 movie “Milagro en el Circo” (“Miracle on the Circus”), which featured the Mexican pop star Yuri.

Cepillín had three coronary heart assaults, the primary in 2005. His son Ricardo quickly determined to take to the stage and created his personal persona, Cepi, in homage to his father.

The subsequent 12 months, having recovered, Cepillín started performing with each Cepi and his different son, Roberto González Guajardo, generally known as Franky, on yet one more TV present, “Cepillín Stay,” which was broadcast in his hometown, Monterrey.

Extra lately, the youthful Mr. González helped his father seize an viewers of a more recent era, performing with him and Franky on social media and on YouTube and TikTok. Cepillín had greater than 4.3 million followers on TikTok alone.

Along with his sons, he’s survived by his spouse, of 48 years; his daughter, Aydé González Guajardo; his six siblings, Rubén, Jesús, Teresa, Rebeca, Ana and Gilberto; and 4 grandchildren.

In 2017, Cepillín was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for greatest Latin kids’s album.

“He thought it was actually cool,” Ricardo González stated. “He was more than happy that he continued to transcend into the current day.”

The album, Cepillín’s final, is titled “Gracias.”

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