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Pablo Escobar Dead

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At the height of his empire’s power in 1989, Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was estimated to be the seventh-richest man in the world with a personal wealth of close to $4 billion, while his Medellín cartel controlled 80 percent of the global cocaine market. A hero to many in Medellín province (especially the poor people), he was a charismatic man who worked hard to cultivate his “Robin Hood” image. He built football fields, multi-sports courts, houses and churches for the locals. The locals provided him with necessary eyes and ears to elude CIA and international efforts to arrest him.

On December 2, 1993, the Search Bloc triangulated him using  the radio signals. How Escobar was killed during the confrontation has been debated but it is known that he was cornered on the rooftops and, after a prolonged gunfight, suffered gunshots to the leg, torso, and the fatal one in his ear. It has never been proven who actually fired the final shot into Escobar’s head, whether this shot was made during the gunfight or as part of possible execution or suicide.

Above photo: Members of Colonel Martinez’s Search Bloc celebrate over Pablo Escobar’s body on December 2, 1993, in a photograph taken by DEA agent Steve Murphy. Pablo’s death ended a fifteen-month effort that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It was the deathblow to the Medellín cartel–it became fragmented and the cocaine market soon became dominated by the rival Cali Cartel, until the mid-1990s when its leaders, too, were either killed or captured by the government.

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Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

August 2, 2009 at 2:23 am

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  1. December, 2 2009

    On this date in 1993 Pablo Escobar was shot dead on a rooftop in Medellin, Colombia.

    I am waiting for Joe Carnahan to make the Pablo Escobar movie!

    Ambrose Santiago

    December 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    • Pablo Escobar was not killed, he shot himself when he felt the real danger of that day, I do not know why the national police department of Colombia says that they killed him… Pablo Used his gun and shot his ear like he said he will do it if he feels the danger anytime… that´s the true…

      juan astudillo

      December 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

      • how are you sure

        elena

        August 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

      • how do you know its the truth

        Rob Nightingale

        November 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    • this page is bullshit by crazy conspiracy therorits

      curtis backer

      June 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  2. SE VEN ASQUEROSOS…. QUE TRISTE Q LA MUERTE SEA LA FELICISAS DE OTROS… GASSSSSSSSSSSS

    PAO

    February 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm

  3. its a shame and should be seen as criminal fo the US to waste tax dollars in outher countries to assassintae a drug cartel runner… its useless as someone else will just take over.. kill them somoene else will as well and so on.. PLUS its none of the US gov’s business! until those drugs hit our borders THEN its our business. kill the importer NOT the exporter. do that and who would want to smuggle it in? would cost cartels shitloads

    patron

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

  4. When you don’t go along with the USA’s plan for you and what they want (perhaps your skimming too much off the top) this is how you end up.

    just a start:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_Drug_Trafficking

    Anonymous

    January 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  5. You do realize he was bombing international air flights and targeting US officials, right?

    Lachy

    February 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  6. any flights within the United States? or just the territories the US is expected to police?

    gedude

    February 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  7. he is not dead…thast was a cover up…hes in a texas city

    sean

    May 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    • the pic is actuallt him but it is staged. He is now in recovery.

      sean

      May 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      • when i say recovery i mean 12 step. His name has changed. But, he is alive.

        sean

        May 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • So he was dead, but then he got better?

      Gino Fellino

      January 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  8. that pic looks fake some of tiles at bottom are the same ones with the same marks and the americans look photo shopped into the picture. Pablo is dead but just sayin.

    dok

    December 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

  9. pablo was a drug pushing terrorist. thank you to all that was involved in his death. god bless you for saving the world from that thug.

    jenni o.

    February 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  10. Oh yeah sean, he’s alive and well and has enrolled in a 12 step recovery group in Texas. When reading your comments “I fell of my chair laughing so hard” (ah ha, yeah right).

    Irene Marinez-Ruiz

    April 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

  11. Pablo was hit in the left ear by a long range weapon that actually took him down and of course the U.S. was involved. No one ever took credit for this hit. This happened in 1993 and did it truly make a difference? No, the corruptions, drug dealings and murders continue. It was a political move that made the true criminals a lot of money.

    CRITICXTREME

    July 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  12. Gracias a Dios que desaparecio y Colombia recupero parte de su identidad….personas como este ampon estan en el mejor sitio que pueden estar CEMENTERIO//////Ojala que apendimos la leccion que nos dejo este sujeto……viva Colombia …..Colombia sin gemte como Pablo

    rrrrr@yahoo.es

    September 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  13. Hi Guys! Love this photo :) Want to make a poster out of it. Does anyone know this? Where can i buy it?

    Daniel

    April 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm


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