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Jhon Jairo Velasquez. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Jhon Jairo Velasquez. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

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Jhon Jairo Velasquez. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

A former hitman for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar who confessed to killing hundreds of people has died from cancer.

Jhon Jairo Velásquez - known as Popeye - died at the National Cancer Institute in Colombia, where he had been hospitalised since late December. Velásquez admitted to carrying out at least 300 murders himself and said he helped co-ordinate the deaths of some 3,000 others seen as a threat to Escobar's Medellin cartel during the 1980s and '90s. He spent 23 years behind bars for plotting the murder of an ex-presidential candidate.

Velásquez said he preferred using a revolver and "worked from the eyebrows up" in attacks, "because I'm a professional assassin."

Irish Independent