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George Jung, Real-Life Drug Smuggler Johnny Depp Played in 'Blow,' Dies at 78

George Jung, Real-Life Drug Smuggler Johnny Depp Played in 'Blow,' Dies at 78

George Jung, the drug trafficker Johnny Depp played in the 2001 movie Blow, has sadly passed away.

George‘s passing was confirmed on his social media on Wednesday afternoon (May 5). He was 78-years-old.

“R.I.P. #georgejung Passed passed away this morning in his hometown of #weymouth #massachusetts #bostongeorge #the last #outlaw,” the caption on his Instagram post read.

On his Twitter, his death was announced along with a quote from Blow, which recently turned 20-years-old.

“May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face, and the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars,” the tweet read. “1942-2021.”

George was a major player in the United States cocaine trade back in the ’70s-’80s, as part of the Pablo Escobar-founded MedellĂ­n Cartel.

He was arrested in 1994 and stayed in prison for 20 years before being released in 2014.

George‘s life story was turned into the movie Blow by late director Ted Demme, with Johnny playing a younger version of George navigating the drug smuggling world.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2021.

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