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International News: Pablo Escobar’s son says drug trafficking series glorifies his father

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2023. 10:00 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Sebastian Marroquin, the son of notorious 1980’s-era drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar says that the glorified Hollywood image of the late Colombian drug lord wrongly inspires young people, Buenos Aires Times report.

“Today, 30 years after his death, Pablo Escobar generates more news than when he was alive,” Sebastián said speaking at an event in Chile.

Marroquin was there sharing his life story during a time when organised crime activities in Chile are reportedly on the rise. Marroqin was speaking at the Catholic University of Temuco, his theme was “Pablo Escobar: A story not to be repeated”.

Decades ago, Marroquin who is an architect and author dropped his father’s last name in disgust.

However, he says that he hears from young fans of his father frequently.

“Many young people write to me to say: I saw the movie [or] I saw the series, and I want to be like your father,” Marroquín said.

Marroquin was referring to the 2012 Netflix series Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal and also the media coverage of what he called “narco culture.”

Escobar was shot and killed in 1993 as he was trying to flee police in Medellin.

Estimates set the net worth of “The King of Cocaine”  between US$25 billion and US$37 billion by the time of his death.

“My father should not be treated as an example of success because he could never enjoy anything,” Marroquín said. “I feel far richer than my father because I am a free man.”


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