Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

BY Ariel Min  April 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM EDT
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was known for his "magical realism" style of storytelling. He died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87. Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was known for his “magical realism” style of storytelling. He died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87. Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday, according to a source close to the family. He was 87.

Garcia Marquez had been under a “delicate” condition after recently recovering from pneumonia. The author was hospitalized for nine days in Mexico City for dehydration and a lung and urinary infection, and has been receiving treatment at home since last week.

Garcia Marquez, affectionately called “Gabo,” was well-known for defining the genre of magical realism. He exposed readers around the globe to Latin American culture through novels and short stories, which expressed passion, superstition, violence and inequality. He became one of the most popular Spanish-language writers in history, spawning comparisons to popular English-language authors like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His epic 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts,” according to the Nobel Prize website.

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