Thursday, April 17, 2014

México: Update--Acclaimed Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez Passes On

According to The Latin American Tribune, it is with deepest regret that I announce the passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez, 87, died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday (April 17).

The author of One Hundred Years of Solitude died a little more than a week after leaving a Mexico City hospital, where he entered with symptoms of dehydration and lung and urinary-tract infections.

“A thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time! Solidarity and condolences to the family,” Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said on Twitter after learning of the novelist’s death.

The author of One Hundred Years of Solitude died a little more than a week after leaving a Mexico City hospital.

García Márquez, known affectionately as “Gabo,”  death came a day after Colombian President Santos spoke out to deny a report in México's EL UNIVERSAL was battling an advanced form of cancer affecting his lungs, lymph nodes and liver.

COMMENT: García Márquez’s wife and children released a statement earlier this week indicating his condition was stable, but “very fragile” and noting “risks of complications” due to the author’s advanced age.

Acclaimed as the father of the literary genre known as magical realism, García Márquez received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982, fifteen years after the publication of One Hundred Years, which was translated into more than two-dozen languages and sold upwards of 50 million copies worldwide.

Besides novels such as One Hundred Years, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Love in the Time of Cholera, García Márquez wrote an account of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror in Colombia (News of a Kidnapping) and a memoir, Memories of My Melancholy Whores.

"Gabo" spent most of the last three decades of his life in México.

García Márquez leaves behind wife Mercedes Barcha, sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo, seven brothers and sisters and one half-sister.

As an American who discovered the Nobel Laureate's gifted words during my time in Bogotá during the 1980s, I will always include him among my most favorite author. 

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