Legendary novelist, Nobel laureate and champion of magical realism Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died, according to local media reports and a source close to Marquez’s family. He was 87.
The Colombian novelist — who penned such classics as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” — was hospitalized in Mexico City on March 7 after battling with pneumonia, federal officials said last month.
Marquez, who was born in Aracataca, Colombia in 1927, leaves behind a legacy as diverse as his works, from the fantastical repetition of the Buendia family’s repeated mistakes in “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to the haunting novella with a journalistic spin, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.”
He was considered one of the founding fathers of the magical realism style, which fluidly combines fact and fiction, the fantastic and the mundane, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. The author worked briefly as a journalist in his native Colombia before relocating to Mexico City.
Marquez’s timeless classic, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” has been published in more than 25 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies since its first publication in 1967, making him one of the most prolific writers of the modern era.
The late scribe, colloquially called Gabo, had spent the last three decades in Mexico City, and was last seen in public March 6 to celebrate his 87th birthday.