Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel García Márquez Passes Away

April 17, 2014  |  

Noble Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez has passed away at age 87.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the “One Hundred Years of Solitude” author died Thursday at his home in Mexico City. The public has not been informed of an exact cause of death; however, García Márquez’s health has been deteriorating for some time now. He was released from the hospital a little over a week ago after being admitted for infections in his lungs and urinary tract, CNN reported. He was hospitalized for nine days. Earlier this week, his family released a statement explaining that while he was stable, his condition was “very fragile.”

“He is and will continue to recover at his home,” the family representative stated at the time.

The magical realism writer’s passing was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. His death marks the passing of one of the world’s greatest literary pioneers. Though García Márquez initially went to school in Bogotá to study law, he never received a degree and eventually shifted to journalism instead. Throughout a large portion of his career he shifted back and forth between journalism and fictional writing.

He is survived by his wife, Mercedes, and two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

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