George jung – the prolific cocaine smuggler described by Johnny Depp in the movie “Blow” – died of kidney failure due to advanced liver disease, and as you probably imagine … his hard life played a major role.
According to Georges death certificate … The immediate cause of George’s death is hepatorenal failure due to alcoholic cirrhosis. In other words, his organs succumbed to his chronic alcoholism. The mode of death is listed as natural causes.
George died May 5 in Lowell, MA, and was cremated 2 days later. Interestingly, his profession is listed as storyteller / teacher / education. If you’ve seen the movie, that’s not entirely inaccurate.
TMZ revealed the story … George had kidney and liver problems before his death. He had been in palliative home care and died with his wife, Ronda, and friend, Roger, For his part.
George served 20 years in prison for drug trafficking for the Medellin Cartel. He was known as “Boston George” and infamously helped a notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggle cargoes of coke into the United States
At the time, the Escobar cartel was believed to be responsible for 80% of the world’s cocaine.
George later told his story in the book “Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $ 100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All”. The book was adapted for the 2001 film starring Depp and Penelope cruz.