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".
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