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Diana Turbay Quintero
Born (1950-03-09)March 9, 1950
Bogotá, Colombia
Died January 25, 1991(1991-01-25) (aged 40)
Medellín, Colombia
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Miguel Uribe
Children 2

Diana Turbay Quintero (March 9, 1950 – January 25, 1991) was a Colombian journalist kidnapped by the Medellín Cartel and killed by the Colombia National Police during a rescue attempt. Her story has been portrayed in a non-fiction book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and onscreen.

Early years[edit]

Diana Turbay was born on March 9, 1950, in Bogotá. Her father was Julio César Turbay Ayala,[1] the 25th president of the Republic of Colombia (1978–1982).

Journalistic work[edit]

Turbay was a respected journalist in the Colombian media. She founded Noticiero Criptón, a television newscast, and the weekly magazine Hoy por Hoy.[citation needed]

Kidnapping and death[edit]

Turbay was kidnapped on August 30, 1990, when she was tricked into going to a supposed interview with a guerrilla leader, the Spanish priest Manuel Pérez Martínez, alias El Cura Pérez (The Priest Pérez). Turbay had been contacted by phone by an unidentified man. Later, a police investigation determined that the man belonged to Los Priscos, a criminal band, and had been hired by Pablo Escobar.[2] The latter's aim was to kidnap as many politicians and journalists as possible, to prevent Colombian legislators from approving an extradition treaty with the United States. Additional victims of this strategy were Francisco Santos Calderón, Maruja Pachón, and Marina Montoya.[3]

Turbay was kept on a farm near Copacabana, Antioquia, with her cameraman Richard Becerra. She died on January 25, 1991, during a rescue operation launched by the police without authorization from the family. The cause of death was a bullet in her back, which partially destroyed her liver and left kidney.[2]


Turbay was survived by her two children, María Carolina Hoyos Turbay (born 1972) and Miguel Uribe Turbay (born 1986), and her husband, Miguel Uribe Londoño.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]


The story of Turbay's abduction is recounted in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's non-fiction book, News of a Kidnapping (1996).[3]


Turbay is portrayed by the actress Liesel Potdevin in the TV series Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).

Turbay is portrayed by Gabriela de la Garza in the Netflix Original Series Narcos (2015).


  1. ^ "Obituarios: Julio César Turbay Ayala, ex presidente de Colombia". El Mundo (in Spanish). September 15, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoy Se Cumplen 15 Años Del Asesinato De La Periodista Diana Turbay" (in Spanish). Las Voces Del Secuestro. January 25, 2006. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Stone, Robert (June 15, 1997). "The Autumn of the Drug Lord". The New York Times. 

Further reading[edit]

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:08:42 -0800

Este fue uno de los últimos mensajes que la periodista Diana Turbay escribió en su diario antes de morir, mientras se encontraba secuestrada por Pablo Escobar. Ahora, 25 años después de su muerte, tras un confuso operativo de la Policía en Copacabana, ...

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:11:15 -0800

Hija del ya fallecido expresidente Julio César Turbay y de doña Nidia Quintero, Diana Turbay fue secuestrada mediante engaños cuando le hicieron creer que la conducirían para entrevistar el entonces jefe de la guerrilla del Eln, Manuel Pérez. Junto a ...


Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:38:04 -0800

Querida Diana: Esta semana palpé tu angustia al hallarte secuestrada por Pablo Escobar. Y pensé en tus hijos, María Carolina Hoyos y Miguel Uribe, solos, sin ti… Por: Patricia Lara Salive. 0Compartido.


Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:33:45 -0800

Esta semana se cumple un cuarto de siglo de la muerte de Diana Turbay, y varias instituciones, incluyendo el Congreso de la República, le harán un reconocimiento a su vida y obra. A pesar de haber desaparecido trágicamente en la flor de la vida, Turbay ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:31:05 -0700

The kidnapping of Diana Turbay, the daughter of a former Colombian president and a highly respected broadcast journalist, is seen here as a turning point in Gaviria's approach to the war, too. Escobar succeeds in putting Gaviria in an awkward spot; her ...


Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:24:04 -0700

María Carolina Hoyos, actual viceministra de las TIC e hija de la fallecida periodista Diana Turbay, estuvo cara a cara con el exjefe de sicarios de Pablo Escobar, John Jairo Velásquez alias 'Popeye'. El encuentro estuvo lleno de dolor, pero a la vez ...


Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:19:52 -0800

Única manera de seguir es el perdón: Nydia Quintero sobre muerte de Diana Turbay. Ex primera dama reveló la última grabación que su hija le mandó durante su secuestro. Contó también cómo César Gaviria no la escuchó. Noticiascaracol.com.


Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:33:45 -0700

Diana Turbay? [Spoilers ahead!] Yes, Turbay's assassination was a tragic accident. The plane crash? It happened. And, many of the facts don't even need to be Googled because the show provides real life news footage to accompany these tumultuous ...

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