George Jung, the important American drug trafficker who played Johnny Depp in the movie Blow (Ted Demme, 2001), has died at the age of 78 at his home in Boston, according to the TMZ portal without citing causes of death, but mentioning recent liver and kidney problems.
Jung’s social networks, presumably operated by his wife or a close friend, have published a farewell message containing a popular quote from Blow, consisting of the following words; a traditional blessing of Irish origin.
In the film, the character played by Johnny Depp records this message to his father (played by Ray Liotta as an undisguised cinephile wink) while he is in prison, where he spent 20 years locked up after being found guilty of conspiracy for drug trafficking.
George Jung was one of the largest drug traffickers in the United States in the 70s and 80s. He began trafficking in marijuana in 1968, which he imported from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, to Palm Springs; first hidden in luggage and later using planes stolen from private airports, even hiring a whole fleet of pilots.
He was arrested and sentenced to prison in 1974. There he met German-Colombian Carlos Lehder Rivas, who introduced him to Pablo Escobar’s burgeoning Medellín Cartel . Jung made the Bahamas a key point to refuel the planes with which he transported hundreds of kilos of cocaine from Colombia to the United States, becoming a billionaire in the process.
He was finally arrested in 1994 and sentenced to prison for drug trafficking. His 60-year sentence was reduced for collaboration and good behavior until he was released on November 27, 2014, at age 72.