Actor had battled lung problems since youth

Argentine comedian Jorge Guinzburg of popular TV programs like “La noticia rebelde” (Rebel News) and “El legado” (The Legacy) died March 12 of a lung infection in Buenos Aires. He was 59.

Guinzburg had battled lung problems since his youth, with his health worsening last year.

“It is a historic issue, my old bronchial problem. A vice of my youth that every now and again brings up a bad past,” he said in a recent interview in the Argentine press.

His declining health forced him last year to skip out as host for several episodes of “Mananas informales” (Informal Mornings), a popular morning magazine show on leading network Artear-Canal 13, and to cut back on his prolific output. This year he had said he would focus his efforts on the program, which is slated to start a new season March 17.

Known for a bushy mustache — he shaved it off last year after losing an on-the-air bet with a colleague — and witty interviews, Guinzburg worked as a print, radio and television journalist, producing regular columns. He also penned the daily comic strip “Diogenes y el Linyera” starring a vagabond and his dog.

He put his voice to a lead character on the Noah’s Ark toon pic “El Arca” (The Ark) last year and produced and starred in comedy-variety shows and other legit productions like “Un pais de revista” and “Planeta Show”

He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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