El Risitas – Viral ‘Spanish laughing guy’ dead at 65

09:40 PM | 30 Apr, 2021
El Risitas – Viral ‘Spanish laughing guy’ dead at 65
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Spanish comedian Juan Joya Borja, the man behind the viral laughing guy meme, died at the age of 65.

Better known by his nickname El Risitas, meaning Giggles, the deceased actor became known on the social media as "Spanish laughing guy".

He rose to fame in 2014 when his clip of laughing while explaining an incident to the interviewer in a TV program went viral on social media.

The infection laughing of El Risitas was taken by storm on social media as people started giving unrelated subtitles over his clip, placing him and his smile in different situations.

He died on Wednesday in hospital, according to local media.

Borja was admitted for health issues last year.

In March he thanked fans for organising a fundraising campaign to buy him an electric mobility scooter after one of his legs was amputated.

In his original clip, Borja told the story of how he once left 20 paella dishes overnight in the sea to clean when he worked at a restaurant, only to return the next day and find they’d been swept away, Metro reported.

His two clips of the original interview have received eight and five million views respectively on YouTube.