The 43-year-old journalist died this Sunday from cancer that had affected him since 2015. His wake will take place today from 2:00 p.m. at the Acoger crematorium services, located at Arzobispo Valdivieso 555, Velatorio 5, Recoleta commune.
The La Tercera team is in mourning. This Sunday morning Francisco Aguirre, a journalist for our medium specialized in science and technology, died at the age of 43 at his home due to cancer that had affected him since 2015.
Although in his journalistic beginnings music had been his front – with collaborations in magazines such as Rolling Stone that demonstrated the love he always had for that art – Francisco’s curiosity quickly made him opt for the main fronts that accompanied him during his career. Always looking for the latest innovations, technological launches, and scientific studies, there is a detail that reflects his interest in platforms: his Twitter account dates from October 2008, at a time when the network was still making incipient advances in our country. From that time, too, his username remained, by which many, even his friends, knew him beyond his name: @Panschop.
During his years at La Tercera, he always had an outstanding professional performance, with contributions in supplements such as Trends, Mouse, the Qué Pasa section, and our Breaking News table, among others. Francisco earned the affection and admiration of all his colleagues and managers for his joy, generosity, and great sense of humor, as well as his ever-present enthusiasm and humility.
Every time he traveled to cover cutting-edge events across the globe, he returned with gadgets, trailers, and stories that he shared with the rest of the teams. Furthermore, its versatility made it a permanent support point for the newsroom when it was necessary to react to any unforeseen event.
But his gadgets also became famous, those strange innovations and inventions with which he usually sought to show the advances of science. One of the most famous was a machine that, in the words of its creators, seeks to warn of earthquakes moments before they occur. To verify this, Francisco took the device to the newsroom of La Tercera, an orange object whose presence, lights, and sounds were inescapable: for years, “Arturito” – as the monitor was baptized – was another member of the offices on the 15th floor of our environment.
His knowledge also made him be required as a panelist and columnist by various platforms; among them, DNA radio, where he made comments on science and technology until the beginning of this year. A lover of cold and rain – “inviernista”, by definition – and a passionate fan of Universidad de Chile, Francisco was a full-fledged professional and a person who will be missed for his joy, strength, and optimism.
His wake will be held from 2:00 p.m. this Sunday at the Acoger crematorium services, located at Arzobispo Valdivieso 555, Velatorio 5, Recoleta commune. His funeral, meanwhile, is scheduled for this Monday the 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the same place.
Today, La Tercera dismisses not only a great journalist, but also a wonderful colleague, with a great heart, and who undoubtedly left a mark on all of us. Admired for all the time and effort you put into recovering from your illness, we say goodbye to you, grateful to have met you and to have shared a piece of your life with you.