Radio Frecuencia Popular
September 3, 1997, in Rioja, Peru
He died on September 3 in a Lima hospital. Two witnesses reported seeing assailants in a white car without license plates intercept Pilco on his motorcycle and beat him. But the official report said his death resulted from head wounds received when he crashed his motorcyle because he was drunk. The investigation was initially headed by José Monteverde, a provincial prosecutor whose integrity Pilco had questioned on his show, according to the local press. After a Lima newspaper published an account of Pilco's death, the case was reopened.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.