After believe that El Chapo had been killed, authorities confirmed that the Mexican drug lord was actually alive and well, according to a Feb. 22 ABC News report. It seems that reports of "El Chapo killed" were not correct.
On Thursday, rumors of 58-year-old El Chapo's demise began to circulate. Supposedly the drug lord was to have died during a shootout in the small town of San Francisco in El Peten, Guatemala. However, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán is alive and well. While the Internet killed him, he never was truly dead.
Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez said on Thursday,
"There was a clash between Guatemalan security forces in San Francisco. Two died. One of them is physically very similar to El Chapo."
It turns out that this report was inaccurate. It seems that the government reported the news without confirming it first, and it is quite likely that there was no gun fight in the area at all.
Even so, authorities believe that El Chapo is hiding in the El Peten region of Guatemala, so perhaps they are closing in on this wanted Mexican drug lord. The head of the Sinaloa cartel is reportedly worth $1 billion, so if he is caught, it could well take a lot of the money out of the cartel.
Ultimately, the story of "El Chapo killed" and then not has been an incredibly strange one.