Juan Borja, man behind viral laughing meme dies at 65

by Helvine Achieng
April 30, 2021

Spanish actor and comedian Juan Joya Borja, popularly known as “El Risitas” has passed away at the age of 65. El Risitas is famously known for being the face behind the iconic “Spanish Laughing Guy” meme which brought him global fame.


According to news sources, Borja died on Wednesday 28, April, in a hospital in Seville, Spain. BBC reported that Borja was admitted for health issues last year. 


Tributes are now flooding social media for the man who was believed to have the ability to turn any situation into the funniest ever.


“I regret to inform you that this man you may know from memes, nicknamed 'El Risitas', has just passed away at 65. Posting this here since he was a well-known and loved comedian here in southern Spain. He was able to turn any story into the funniest thing you've ever heard. RIP,” @TodoNintendoS tweeted.


“RIP to a legend, El Risitas. I have him to thank for making funny moments in my videos that bit more funny. His laughter will live on eternally,” wrote @Torvesta.


 El Risitas rose to global fame In 2015  when a YouTube video of him laughing during an interview at a late-night show spawned dozens of celebrated parody clips.