The son of Pablo Escobar speaks out against his father’s controversial legacy

The son of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar has shared a video condemning his father’s cult-hero status, 25 years after his death.

Sebastian Marroquin, 41, shared the movie trailer-style clip – featuring a range of images of Escobar throughout his life – on his social media pages.

But refusing to glorify the so-called ‘King of Cocaine’, Mr Marroquin shared the video with the remark: "Thanks for showing us the path we should not follow.”

Considered a Robin Hood figure in his home city of Medellin, Columbia, Escobar’s legacy has amassed a cult-following globally thanks to biographical adaptations of the kingpin’s murky dealings in shows like Netflix’s Narcos.

But Mr Marroquin – born Juan Pablo Escobar – believes his father’s actions should be deplored, rather than revered.

Mr Marroquin said: "The world refuses to forget him, but it is his victims who should never be forgotten.”

The video shows images of Escobar from his childhood to his time as the richest criminal in history and the world’s most wanted man.

"In memory of all of the families that are still suffering an immense pain," added Mr. Marroquin.

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At the height of his career, Escobar’s Medellin cartel supplied an estimated 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States and was believed to be worth up to 30 billion USD (23.6 billion GBP).

He was shot and killed in his home city of Medellin by Colombian National Police, one day after his 44th birthday, on December 2, 1993.

Believed to be responsible for 3,000 to 5,000 deaths, Escobar remains a hero to many in Medellin where he built houses and football pitches for the poor.

Marroquin, and his mother, Maria Isabel Santos, now live in Argentina and are currently being investigated by authorities for alleged money laundering.

The pair vehemently deny the charges.

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