This Thursday, February 6, Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, better known as “Popeye” and head of hitmen for Pablo Escobar, died at the age of 54. This has been confirmed by the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia (INPEC, for its acronym in Spanish) through a press release.
"It is reported that Mr. Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez" Popeye "died at dawn today, at the National Cancer Institute," announces the document circulating on the official Twitter account of said agency. "The prisoner had been hospitalized since last December 31, 2019. and suffered from stomach cancer." Noticias Caracol, in Colombia, confirms that the death occurred at 5:00 am, in the Colombian capital.
The authorities limit that "Popeye" had been captured on May 25, 2018 for the crime of "conspiracy to commit crimes and extortion", in addition to terrorism, concealment of evidence and threats.
Pablo Escobar's bloody lieutenant occupies a sadly famous place in the history of Colombia for his numerous murders.
"Popeye" became a kind of network sensation and was later portrayed in the popular Netflix series Narcos. The popularity of his character was such that Alias JJ (2017) the series based solely on his life was even made
On YouTube, his channel had more than a million subscribers:
In 2005 Velásquez Vásquez published the book Surviving Pablo Escobar: 'Popeye' The Hitman, 23 Years and 3 Months in Prison.
In 2014, who was one of the key men in the structure and operation of the infamous Medellín Cartel, was released from prison after serving part of his 30-year sentence. Four years later, he was recaptured on the above charges.
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