Puerto Rico’s former politician Elizam Escobar died at the age of 72, a victim of cancer that had afflicted him for several years, it emerged today.
Escobar, poet and plastic artist who remained active until last year with an exhibition in the so-called Old San Juan, had to undergo several operations, however, he could not overcome his condition.

Born on May 24, 1948, he stood out as a fighter for the independence of Puerto Rico, which landed him in jail in 1980 after being accused of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 68 years in prison in the United States.

Released 20 years ago along with other political prisoners of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) and the Popular Boricua Army (EPB-Macheteros) in the face of the demands of the Puerto Rican people and international solidarity, he returned to Puerto Rico, where he dedicated himself to painting. and write.

His last artistic exhibition was last November, at the Casa de los Contrafuertes cultural center, where he presented works in miniatures, together with artists such as Luis Alonso, with whom he collaborated for years.

In prison, Escobar did not stop painting and writing about the theory of art and poetry.

After being pardoned, he joined the faculty of the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico, where he was working at the time of his death.

Escobar had overcome a cancer condition in 2018, after discovering a benign polyp on his face, which was bleeding, and by not treating it, it spread.

In a third operation, they removed a muscle from his thigh, which was implanted in his forehead, and since then he has been evaluated almost weekly.

In an interview in 2018 with the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero, the artist said that his health condition had improved, although ‘as a side effect of this biological therapy I have inflammatory arthritis and I must use an instrument to speak and be understood.’

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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