Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87

Nobel-prize winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died aged 87, a source close to his family said. The Nobel Laureate was famous for his magical realist novels and short stories.

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Garcia Marquez: Bout of pneumonia prior to death

March 6, 2014 file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Credit: AP Photo

Known affectionately to friends and fans as 'Gabo', Garcia Marquez had just returned from hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia, doctors have said.

Although "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was his most popular creation, other classics from Garcia Marquez included "Autumn of the Patriarch", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".

Marquez: 'Death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has said on Twitter:

'One thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Translation: The Giants never die

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Marquez 'out sold everything in Spanish but the Bible'

Colombian Nobel prize writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez waves. Credit: Reuters

The works of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today at his home in Mexico, outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.

Marquez was widely considered to be the greatest Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and was often compared to literary giants like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at home in Mexico

Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets journalists and neighbours on his birthday outside his house in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters\Edgard Garrido

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico at the age of 87, a source close to his family has confirmed.

The Colombian writer's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality.

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