Thursday, April 17, 2014

Colombia: President Santos Denies Press Reports That Gabriel García Marquez Has Advanced Cancer

According to The Latin American Tribune, President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday (April 16) denied a a news piece in México's El Universal stating that Gabriel García Marquez has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer, saying the Nobel literature laureate is merely recovering from a bout of pneumonia.

Santos made the remarks about the 1982 Nobel Laureate who has resided in México for decades.

COMMENT: No doubt, President Santos is simply attempting to quell rumors until such time as one of Colombia's most famous VIPs makes a statement.

The Mexican daily EL UNIVERSAL on Monday (April 14) cited “reliable” sources as saying that García Marquez, who was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999, but subsequently overcame it.

Reportedly, the acclaimed author is now battling an advanced form of cancer affecting his lungs, lymph nodes and liver.

García Marquez “is at home and, of course, we’re all praying for his recovery,” the president noted.

Yet, later on Monday (April 14), García Marquez’s wife and children released a statement indicating the author’s condition was stable, but “very fragile” and that “there are risks of complications,” due to his age.