It has just been announced that George Jung, the real-life Blow smuggler, has died at the age of seventy-eight.
Jung, who was nicknamed Boston George and El Americano, was a drug trafficker and smuggler who was a major figure in the illegal trade here in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s.
He was a part of the Medellín Cartel, which was responsible for up to ninety percent of the drugs smuggled into the United States.
His life story was portrayed in the biopic Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp as Jung.
George Jung was immortalized in the Johnny Depp-fueled, cocaine-obsessed biopic “Blow”.— Alejandro Guerra (@Cinephile420) May 5, 2021
Jung has passed at the age of 78.
I guarantee you, this is how Mr. Jung is heading to heaven. 👀 pic.twitter.com/QZOIFw2M50
And his story was written in the book, Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All.
He spent twenty years in prison for his crimes before being released in 2014...
But he landed himself back behind bars just 2 years later for violating his parole by failing to inform his parole officer he would be staying in San Diego.
His death has come as quite a shock...
And TMZ was told by a source close to Jung that he died this morning, May 5th, at his home in the Boston area.
It is believed liver and kidney failure is a strong cause of his death.
Rest in Peace, George Jung.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.