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Wiz Khalifa's Pablo Escobar Grave Visit Angers Colombians

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 06:02 AM

Rapper Wiz Khalifa's recognition of late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar on social media received an angry response from the country some say Escobar terrorized during the 1980s and 1990s.

Khalifa, 29, performed during a concert in Medellin, Colombia, on Friday, the BBC News noted. On Sunday, the entertainer posted a picture on Instagram showing the notorious drug dealer's gravesite with flowers and a marijuana joint.

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Khalifa, reportedly known as a marijuana fan, posted numerous pictures of himself smoking at the cemetery in Itagüí, where Escobar is buried alongside his family, the Daily Mail noted.

Escobar joined with others to create the powerful Medellin Cartel, which controlled more than 80 percent of the cocaine shipments to the United States, according to Biography.com. Late in his rule, he ordered a terror campaign that killed thousands, turning public opinion against him before he was killed in 1993, Biography.com noted.

At the height of his empire, Escobar was thought to be one of the 10 richest people in the world, according to BBC News.

Khalifa's post went viral on social media with more than 184,000 likes in one day, but was also peppered with angry, profanity-laced responses for the rapper bringing recognition to the drug lord.

Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez said Khalifa should apologize for "advocating crime," wrote the BBC News.

Many on social media felt strongly against Khalifa's nod to Escobar.

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