Pablo Escobar’s Widow

Pablo Escobar’s Widow Breaks Her Silence

Twenty-five years after her husband’s death, María Isabel Santos reveals details about her life alongside one of the most famous drug dealers in history.


Discovery en Español presents its US exclusive production, the story of María Isabel Santos (formerly Victoria Henao Escobar and better known as “La Tata”), the widow of world-famous Colombian drug dealer Pablo Escobar Gaviria. The woman, who adopted a new identity, breaks her silence and talks about her life alongside one of the bloodiest men of the 20th century in LA VIUDA DE ESCOBAR, a two-hour revealing documentary premiering July 14 at 9pm E/P and on the Discovery en Español GO app the following day.

The story of the Escobar Gaviria family is one of the darkest ones ever known. The relationship between its members as well as the mysterious death of its leader and the family’s subsequent escape from Colombia, roused uncertainty and resentment. LA VIUDA DE ESCOBAR is a two-part documentary featuring first-person narrator María Isabel Santos, revealing the intimacy of her relationship with one of Colombia’s most fearful human beings.

At age 24, before becoming an iconic cocaine trafficking figure, Pablo Escobar secretly married a 15-year-old girl whom he affectionately called “Tata”. Escobar was the love of her life and their fates would become eternally linked together.

Twenty-five years after her husband’s death, María breaks the silence she kept out of respect for drug trafficking victims. Now she faces a world divided among those who demonize her accusing her of not stopping her husband from ending so many lives, and those who are more compassionate.

LA VIUDA DE ESCOBAR is a documentary about a woman who wants to find her voice, her life, and her identity. Tata: Pablo Escobar’s victim or accomplice? 

The new production will be available on the “Discovery en Español GO” app. For more information, visit and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

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