How Capulina, the King of White Humor, Died of Pneumonia

Who was Capulina?

Capulina was the stage name of Gaspar Henaine Perez, a Mexican comedian, actor, singer, film producer, and screenwriter. He was born on January 6, 1927, in Chignahuapan, Puebla, Mexico. He started his acting career at the age of 10, and later became a vocalist in musical groups. He is best known for partnering with Marco Antonio Campos as the double act Viruta and Capulina, and for his subsequent solo career.

How did he become famous?

Capulina became famous across Latin America alongside his longtime professional partner, Marco Antonio Campos, as Viruta and Capulina. In 1951, they started filming together. The two comedians made 26 films. At first they imitated the comedy style of Laurel and Hardy, thanks to their physical resemblance to them. With time they developed their own characteristic comedy style. The main difference with Laurel and Hardy is that Viruta, the thin character, was also the intelligent and aggressive one, while Capulina, the portly character, was the fool and cowardly one. In the peak of their popularity they had a television program called Cómicos y canciones, where they alternated with other comedians and singers.

Why did he separate from Viruta?

Many rumors surfaced when the two co-workers stopped making films together; some suggested that Viruta felt underpaid, but Capulina attributed the separation to a feud between the two caused by lack of film jobs towards the end of their working relationship. Although he admitted that both he and Viruta felt some animosity against each other during their last six films together, Capulina also felt deep sorrow when Viruta died.

What did he do after Viruta’s death?

Capulina made a total of 84 movies, 58 of them after separating from Viruta. He also appeared in kids’ television shows and films. He often played the sidekick role wearing a hat without a crown. He also had a successful career as a singer, recording more than 20 albums. He was loved by children and adults alike for his humor and charisma.

How did he die?

Capulina died on September 30, 2011, at the age of 84, in a Mexico City hospital. His cause of death was pneumonia, which he had been suffering from for several weeks. He also had ulcers and kidney problems. He was hospitalized on September 20, and his condition worsened until he passed away. He was survived by his wife, Maria Elena Frias, whom he married in 1949, and his two children, Antonio and Concepcion. His funeral was attended by hundreds of fans and celebrities, who paid tribute to his legacy.


Capulina was one of the most beloved and influential comedians in Mexico and Latin America. He made generations of people laugh with his innocent and witty humor. He was a versatile and talented artist, who excelled in various fields of entertainment. He was a loyal friend and a devoted family man. He left behind a rich and memorable legacy that will continue to inspire and entertain future generations.