Colombia’s most beloved television host, Fernando González Pacheco, died this evening in a Bogotá hospital. The 81-year-old had been in the hospital for the past few days for respiratory complications.
Hospital director Jorge Ospina, who announced the sad news to the country with an official statement, said that González, who was fondly known by Colombians as ‘Pacheco’ , had been battling cardiac and respiratory disease for the past three years and was hospitalized a number of times over the course of that time.
‘Pacheco’ began his career in television in 1957.
One of his good friends, Daniel Samper Pizano, with whom Pacheco shared a love for the Santa Fe soccer team of Bogotá, referred to him as the “Colombian television’s greatest entertainer”. Considering his career began back when TV shows were broadcast live, Pacheco’s wit and ability to improvise were even more impressive. His innate talent for hosting game shows, musical events, and even reading news reports turned him into a pioneer for television in Colombia. He was also a well respected bullfighting commentator, boxer, and even parachutist.
Pacheco’s legacy spans over generations who will remember him for shows like Animalandia and Sabariedades, and game shows like Compre la Orquesta and El Programa del Millón. For several years he also hosted his own talk show “Charlas con Pacheco” (Chats with Pacheco).
Incredibly versatile, Pacheco also played unforgettable characters on television series like Yo y Tú (Me and You) and Música Maestro. He starred in La Caponera as himself and, most recently, as Leonidas Vargas in Isabel me la veló.