At the beginning of the week, Leopoldo Roberto Garcia Pelaez Benitez, better known in Mexican entertainment as Polo Polo, died.
His peculiar style of entertaining the public through the off-color jokes that he had told for decades made him one of the precursors of stand-up in Mexico, since his career began to emerge in the late 70s.
Nevertheless, Little by little, time took its toll on him through his health and he began to suffer from memory loss, a problem that forced him to retire from the stage in 2018.
Since then, the comedian lived in seclusion at home, where his relatives helped him try to cope with reasoning problems as a result of multiple strokes that he had been dragging and that triggered his death at the age of 78.
Originally from Leon, Guanajuato, Polo Polo lived his childhood in the historic center of his city, specifically on Zaragoza street.
According to the testimony of Eduardo Lopez Gomez, a resident of the area, The joke teller’s family came to have a shoe workshop from which they obtained the necessary economic resources to get ahead.
However, the growth of the Guanajuato population forced the modification of some areas of the city and several colonies had to cede land to modernize it and the best example of this was the house where Polo Polo came to live, whichWho when he grew up decided to emigrate to Mexico City with the aim of making his way in the entertainment industry.
According to information released by the site La Silla Rota, The house where the double meaning comedian grew up —also known as albur— was demolished along with other buildings to form part of what is currently known as the public square of the Expiatory Temple, considered a beautiful house of prayer for devout Catholics, where the Blessed Sacrament for the expiation of sins is permanently exposed, in the city of Leon.
This revelation contrasts with the characteristic personality of Polo Polo, who, due to several of his spicy jokes, where he spoke of priests as well as God, the devil and hell, could have been considered an ideal candidate to be excommunicated.
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Source: La Opinion