Paco Stanley

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Paco Stanley
Born Jorge Francisco Stanley Albaitero
July 3, 1942
Mexico City, Mexico
Died June 7, 1999(1999-06-07) (aged 56)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other names Paco Pacorro
Years active 1969 - 1999
Spouse(s) Patricia Pedroza
Children Francisco Stanley Solis (1968-1993 - from his first marriage with María Solis), Leslie Stanley, Francisco Stanley, Paul Stanley

Francisco "Paco" Jorge Stanley Albaitero (July 3, 1942 – June 7, 1999) was a Mexican television entertainer for TV Azteca, a multimedia conglomerate.

Career[edit]

In 1966, he was funded by his first father in law to take radio and locution classes. In 1969 he started in radio, but it was until 1974 that he participated in several programs, like XEW News. For this network he hosted the show "Smiles and Surprises", between 1988 and 1991, he worked in "Estrellas W".

After years of being a sidekick to comedians such as Madaleno, in 1995 he was offered his own show in Televisa, ¡Ándale!, with Arlette Garibay and Benito Castro. Later shows were Llévatelo and Pácatelas with Mario Bezárez.

In 1998 he hosted the show "Un poco de Paco en radio" in its comic version.

After he left Televisa, in 1998 he signed a contract with rival network TV Azteca and on December 15, he started his show called Una tras otra co-starring with Jorge Gil and Mario Bezarez. In 1999 he released his show at night "Si hay, y bien!".

Theatre was another passion for Paco and in 15 years he starred in the play "Don Juan Tenorio", in its comic version. He toured all over Mexico with this show.

Paco Stanley also liked poetry and he recorded 3 albums with his poems.

Personal life[edit]

Paco's first marriage was with Maria Solis, with which he had only one son, Francisco. After several years, he married Patricia Pedroza, whome he had two children, Leslie and Francisco Stanley Pedroza. However in an extramarital relationship Paco had a third son, Paul Stanley (Now host of matutine program HOY but later moved to the USA and currently hosts matutine program Despierta America).

Death[edit]

On June 7, 1999,[1] Paco Stanley, Mario Bezarez and Jorge Gil left TV Azteca studios after their morning show "Una Tras Otra" to eat in a famous Mexican restaurant "El Charco de las Ranas" located in Periferico, Mexico City's busy beltway. When they all finished, Paco and Mario went to the restroom at the same time, while Jorge was waiting for them. Paco finished first and he told Mario that he was going to wait for him outside (in his car). While Paco, Jorge and his driver were waiting inside his black Lincoln Navigator, three subjects walked towards the car and started shooting. The assailants unloaded a high caliber firearm at his parked car, firing more than 20 rounds, killing him with 4 shots, 3 of them hitting him in the head, and wounding Jorge Gil and other bystanders.

Mario Bezarez left the restroom as he heard the gunfire. The waiters from the restaurant would not let him leave, thinking that the assailants were after him as well.

Mexico was shocked with the news of Paco Stanley's death. Mexican TV networks, Televisa and TV Azteca interrupted their programming to give out the news. In that day while the news was given out, two news anchors from TV Azteca and the president of TV Azteca Ricardo Salinas Pliego started blaming Mexico City's mayor Cuauhtemoc Cardenas of not knowing how to govern, due to the high crime rate in the city.[2]

On the autopsy, the General Attorney of Mexico City, Samuel del Villar briefly informed that in the corpse, there was found a legal ID of Stanley corresponding to a branch of the National Security Ministry allowing him to carry firearms. Also, a bag containing 0.02 g of cocaine was found in his shirt, according to the City attorney, on a national TV broadcast press conference.

Mario Bezarez and another of Stanley's colleagues, Paola Durante, were arrested in connection with the murder and jailed for over a year before being released.[3] On April 5, 2011, Luis Alberto Salazar Vega was arrested and charged with Stanley's murder,[4] based on the testimony of a former cellmate.[5]

Legacy[edit]

One of the sketches from Andale!, La Güereja y El Papiringo, with Maria Elena Saldaña as the little girl, became a television series of its own as La Güereja y Algo Mas and La Güereja de mi Vida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valentín, Emilio Morales (June 8, 2002). "Contados visitantes en la tumba de Paco Stanley". El Universal (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Kenton T. (2008). "Democracy Sponsored by Nafta?". In Blankson, Isaac A.; Murphy, Patrick D. Negotiating Democracy. SUNY Press. p. 210. ISBN 9780791472347. 
  3. ^ "La muerte de Paco Stanley". Nuevo Siglo (in Spanish). December 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Detienen a presunto asesino de Paco Stanley en Tijuana" (in Spanish). RadioFormula. April 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Yo no mate a Paco Stanley: 'El Bolas'" (in Spanish). RadioFormula. April 7, 2011.