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Sebastián Marroquín

Sebastián Marroquín

Colombian architect, author, and the son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar
Sebastián Marroquín
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Intro Colombian architect, author, and the son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar
A.K.A. Juan Pablo Escobar, Sebastian Marroquín, Juan Pablo Escobar Henao
Is Architect Writer
From Colombia
Type Engineering Literature
Gender male
Birth 24 February 1977, Medellín, Antioquia Department, Colombia
Age: 43 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Family
Mother: Victoria Eugenia Henao Vallejo
Father: Pablo Escobar
Siblings: Angie Nicole Funez Barrera (Escobar)
Spouse: María Isabel Marieta
Sebastián Marroquín
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Biography

Sebastián with his father in 1979

Juan Sebastián Marroquín Santos (born Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, Medellín, Colombia; 24 February 1977) is a Colombian architect, author, and the son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Life

Juan Escobar, his mother, and his sister Manuela first fled to Mozambique, then traveled on tourist visas to Argentina, where they ultimately remained and became citizens in exile from their native Colombia. Juan Pablo chose the name "Sebastián Marroquín" from the telephone book and adopted it as his new name since he needed a new identity as he believed his original name was cursed by a voodoo priest he encountered in Mozambique.

Although he and his family continue to make money on the rights to Pablo Escobar's name and likeness (such as selling clothing bearing his likeness for extra income), and have tried three times (unsuccessfully) to register Escobar's name as a brand, Marroquín prefers not to be linked with his father, which includes mention of his previous name; he is also determined to dissociate himself from the Medellín Cartel and the illegal drug trade in Colombia.

Marroquín graduated from college with a degree in architecture. He now lives in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires with his wife and son, and works as an architect. He has since met with some of his father's victims. (See Sins of My Father, the 2009 documentary.)

Marroquín has returned to Colombia twice for visits: to pay his respects at his father's grave and for the documentary's premiere. He was not allowed to enter Hacienda Nápoles for a return visit to Escobar's 20-square-kilometre (7.7 sq mi) estate 180 kilometres (110 mi) east of Medellin, confiscated by the Colombian government after Escobar's death and now managed by the municipality of Puerto Triunfo as a public park, campground, and museum of Escobar's crimes.

Sins of My Father

Sins of My Father (2009), an Argentine movie documentary five years in the making, "followed Marroquín as he apologized to the sons of victims his late father ordered assassinated during a decade of terrorizing Colombia during his time as a major drug lord." The film promoted reconciliation and ending hatred.

Pablo Escobar: My Father

Using his birth name, Juan Pablo Escobar, Marroquin authored the book Pablo Escobar: My Father (2014).

Controversies

Following the murder of a Netflix location scout for the crime drama series Narcos, Marroquín stated: "Nothing has changed except the names. Now there's even more drug-trafficking and corruption."

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