“With deep sadness and great pain, I report the death of my dear brother and great colleague of the Garibaldi Group and actor, Xavier Ortiz,” Mayer tweeted, translated into English by Explica. “My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the artistic community.”
Ortiz, who branched out into acting, appeared on numerous TV shows and films throughout his career, as well as many high profile theater productions. As for his personal life, Ortiz was first married to fellow Garibaldi member Patricia Manterola. After dating for 10 years, the couple tied the knot in April 1999. While Ortiz and Manterola divorced in 2005, they remained close.
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Así te recordaré siempre querido Xavi, con esa sonrisa tan hermosa que contagiaba a todos los que tuvimos el gusto de cruzarnos en tu camino… Siempre con tu corazón tan noble y sensible, con esas ganas de ayudar a quien te lo pidiera, con esos ojos tan cristalinos que no podían esconder tus sentimientos, con ese amor tan inmenso por tu hijo…Ya estás en los brazos de tu Mami hermosa a quien extrañabas tanto… Desde aquí abrazo muy muy fuerte a tu familia, Rafa, Olguita, Lety, Dany, Xavi Jr y a todos… Lo siento muchísimo ¡BUEN VIAJE DE REGRESO A CASA QUERIDO XAVI! Descansa en paz 🌟
Manterola wrote a beautiful tribute to her former husband on Instagram. Sharing throwback photos, she wrote, “This is how I will always remember you dear Xavi, with that beautiful smile that infected everyone who had the pleasure of crossing your way.”
Ortiz was then married to Carisa de Leon, as reported by El Financiero, but the couple started divorce proceedings in 2018.
According to Latin US, Ortiz and de Leon shared an 8-year-old son, who was a constant presence on the actor’s Instagram page.
Here’s what you need to know about Xavier Ortiz:
Ortiz Was a Member of Garibaldi, a Popular Latin Group That Released 10 Records as Band
Garibaldi, which was created by Luis de Llano Macedo, a Mexican TV producer, was an extremely popular Latin pop group through the 1980s and ’90s. The group went through many changes throughout the decade, but the original members included Ortiz, Sergio Mayer, Patricia Manterola, Paty Montenegro, Charly López and Katya Llanos.
Their self-titled debut album came out in 1988 and their last album, Bicentenario, was released in 2010. The group’s biggest hits include, “Banana,” “La Ventanita” and “Beats Me.”
Ortiz Worked as a Model While Appearing in Numerous Telenovelas & Feature Films
According to Ortiz’s IMDb page, he worked continuously as an actor in both TV and film. His final role was Romero on the TV series The Noir Bizarre. Ortiz was also a series regular on the shows Un gancho al corazo, Duel of Passions, Camila and Sentimientos ajenos.
As for his film roles, Ortiz appeared in 2007’s Lovesickness and starred as Felipe Pazos in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Che: Part One in 2008.
Tributes to Ortiz Filled Social Media Following the News of His Sudden Death
The sudden death of Ortiz came as a shock to many of his friends and fans. Amid coronavirus, Ortiz started selling antibacterial gel, face masks and other personal protective items to make extra money, as reported by Milenio.
During an interview on Ventaneando, Ortiz said, “There are no events. People cannot get together. So, what I’m doing is getting into this rebating of antibacterial gel, face masks, gloves, and all the medical equipment. [I’m] trying through the foundations to find suppliers and make a little money with commissions.”
Fallece a los 48 años,Xavier Ortíz,me dice una fuente q se suicidó,tenía depresión,me comentan q estaba preocupado x sus finanzas,estuvo vendiendo cubrebocas,gel antibacterial,xq no hay trabajo x pandemia.Paradójicamente este 10 sept es Día Mundial p/prevención del suicidio.DEP pic.twitter.com/RA0B49EA0u
— Irlanda Maya (@irlandamaya) September 7, 2020
— Ventaneando (@VentaneandoUno) September 7, 2020
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