The Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez has passed away at the age of 87 on Thursday (April 17). Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House, confirmed the death. Mr. García Márquez learned he had lymphatic cancer in 1999, and a brother said in 2012 that he had developed senile dementia. He was reportedly recovering from a bout of pneumonia at his home in Mexico City just days before he passed. No official cause of death has been released.
In 1982, Gabriel won the Nobel Prize for his novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude.’ ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude was the first novel in which Latin Americans recognized themselves, that defined them, celebrated their passion, their intensity, their spirituality and superstition, their grand propensity for failure’, biographer Gerald Martin told The Associated Press. Other works he wrote included “Autumn of the Patriarch,” “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “Love in the Time of Cholera,” “News of a Kidnapping,” and his memoir, “Living to Tell the Tale and Memories of My Melancholy Whores.”