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".
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'
Mil años de soledad y tristeza por la muerte del más grande colombiano de todos los tiempos! Solidaridad y condolencias a la Gaba y familia
Los gigantes nunca mueren
Translation: The Giants never die
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.
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.
Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died, Reuters has said.
Colombia's FARC rebels have freed a former US marine who was kidnapped in June while he trekked through the jungle in a known guerrilla area, the Red Cross has said.
Kevin Scott Sutay, an Afghanistan war veteran, had been backpacking through several Central and South American countries before he was captured.
He had been warned by police to abandon his plans to hike through what they called a "red zone" for rebel activity.
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The world's newest species, the olinguito, is the smallest member of the raccoon family and has thick, woolly fur, according to the Smithsonian Institute.
Here are some more facts about the olinguito:
Diet: The animal mainly eats fruit, but may also eat some insects and nectar.
Behaviour: Olinguitos are solitary animals that live in trees and are mostly nocturnal. It is an adept jumper that can leap from tree to tree in the forest canopy. Mothers raise a single baby at a time.
Habitat: It is found only in cloud forests of the northern Andes Mountains.
Range: They live in Ecuador and Colombia around 5,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level.
The newly-named olinguito has become the first New World carnivore to be identified in 35 years.
For more than a century the olinguito, also known as Bassaricyon neblina, was mistaken for its larger close cousin the olingo.
But following a 10 year research project examining the skull, teeth and skin of museum specimens and tracking the animals in the wild, scientists at the Smithsonian Institute confirmed it is a different species.
An animal that resembles "a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear" has been named as a new species after being wrongly identified for more than 100 years.
The woolly-furred olinguito, which weighs 2lb (0.9kg), is related to raccoons and coatis and lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, the Smithsonian Institute announced today.