The Tragic Tale of the Monkey-Lion: Changoleón Is Mexico’s Most Troubled Reality TV Star

[from Vice]

…the man known as Changoleón may be Mexico City’s most notable vagabond. The strange thing is that many of his fans think he’s dead.

Ten years ago, Changoleón (“Monkey-lion”) was just another aging, homeless alcoholic, aimlessly wandering the streets of Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighborhood.

In 2002, Changoleón’s life changed forever. An up-and-coming comedian and television host named Facundo Gómez Brueda discovered him on the street and realized the unfortunate homeless man’s raw, drunken comic potential. Soon he was a Mexican media sensation.

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