Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died on Thursday at the age of 87.
According to the Mexican government, Marquez died at 2 p.m yesterday.
The cause of death was not immediately known. But his heath had been in failing in recent years and he was recently hospitalised for a lung and urinary tract infection in Mexico City.
Marquez started his career as a newspaper reporter and is widely considered to be one of the greatest Spanish language authors of all time.
He is best known for his masterpiece ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. It was translated into more than 30 languages and sold over 50 million copies.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto took to Twitter to pay tribute to Marquez. “On behalf of Mexico, I express sorrow over the death of one of the greatest writers of our time,” he wrote.