Manuel Noriega Age, Death Cause, Wife, Biography, Facts & More

Manuel Noriega

Real NameManuel Antonio Noriega Moreno
NicknameNot Known
ProfessionPolitician and Military Officer
BranchPanamanian Defense Forces
Rank4-star General
Service Years1967–1990
Wars/BattlesInvasion of Panama (Operation Acid Gambit)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 62 kg
in Pounds- 137 lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth11 February 1934
Place of BirthPanama City, Republic of Panama
Date of Death29 May 2017
Place of DeathPanama City, Republic of Panama
Death CauseBrain Hemorrhage
Age (as on 29 May 2017)83 Years
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
HometownPanama City, Republic of Panama
SchoolMilitary School of Chorrillos in Lima, Peru
College/University School of the Americas at the U.S. Army's Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone, Republic of Panama
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States
Educational QualificationsReceived intelligence and counterintelligence training at the School of the Americas, Panama Canal Zone, the Republic of Panama in 1967
A course in Psychological Operations (Psyops) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
FamilyFather- Ricaurte Noriega (accountant)
Mother- Maria Feliz Morena
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
ReligionRoman Catholicism
EthnicityWhite American
HobbiesReading, Writing
Controversies• On 12 June 1986, Seymour Hersh exposed Noriega through New York Times accusing him of murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking.
• On 4 February 1989, the United States indicted Noriega on charges of laundering drug money, racketeering, and drug smuggling.
• On 9 April 1992, he was convicted on 8 counts of drug smuggling and racketeering.
• On 10 July 1992, Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
• On 6 September 1993, he was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Dr. Hugo Spadafora.
• In March 1994, he was convicted, in absentia, for the murder of Major Moises Giroldi. He was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
• In 1999, Paris Court convicted him for buying property in France with $2.8 million (laundered in drug money)
• On 7 July 2010, a French Court found Noriega guilty of money laundering and sentenced him 7 years in prison.
Girls, Affairs and More
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
WifeFelicidad Sieiro (late 1960s - 2017)
ChildrenSon- Not Known
Daughters- Sandra, Thays, Lorena
Manuel Noriega wife and daughters
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$300 Million (as in 1990)

Manuel Noriega

Some Lesser Known Facts About Manuel Noriega

  • Did Manuel Noriega smoke:? Not Known
  • Did Manuel Noriega drink alcohol:? Yes
  • He was born as Manuel Antonio Noriega Morena in Panama City, the Republic of Panama.
  • His father, Ricaurte Noriega, was an accountant.
  • At the age of 5, Noriega was abandoned by his parents. Later, he was raised by his aunt, Mama Luisa.
  • In 1968, he became the Lieutenant of the Panama National Guard.
  • In 1970, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
  • In 1971, he visited the United States at the request of the US Government to help secure the release of the crews of 2 American freighters seized by the Cuba.
  • In 1983, he became the Chief of Military Intelligence.
  • In August 1983, he was promoted to General and Commander of the National Guard.
  • He took command of the Panamanian Army and remained military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1990.
  • On 20 December 1989, the United States invaded Panama and launched “Operation Just Cause” to oust Noriega.
  • On 3 January 1990, he surrendered to the US Army.
  • On 10 July 1992, the US Court sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
  • On 4 March 1999, the US Court reduced his sentence to 30 years.
  • On 26 April 2010, he was extradited to France after Hillary Clinton (the then US Secretary of State) signed an extradition order.
  • On 11 December 2011, a French Appeals Court extradited him to Panama to serve out his sentences for past crimes.
  • On 5 February 2012, Noriega was hospitalized in Panama City for hypertension and a possible stroke.
  • On 9 May 2012, he was hospitalized in Panama City for bronchitis.
  • On 15 July 2014, he filed a lawsuit against the Activision Blizzard (a video game company) for harming his reputation with the game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Manuel Noriega Video Game
  • On 24 June 2015, Noriega apologized on Telemetro (the local broadcaster) to his country for the offenses of his regime.
  • On 12 May 2016, his doctor reported that he will need to undergo a surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.
  • On 29 May 2017, he died after suffering a hemorrhage following brain surgery.