Márquez rose to literary fame after his seminal 1967 novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.
Quite possibly the most famous Spanish-language writer since 17th century writer Miguel de Cervantes, Márquez popularized the literary genre known as magic realism.
He also penned Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Love in the Time of Cholera, among many others, which were met with huge success and critical acclaim.
The novelist died at his home surrounded by his wife and other members of his family in Mexico City, local news reported. Márquez’s health had been declining for quite some time.
Just last week, the author was released from the National Medical Sciences and Nutrition Institute after suffering from dehydration linked to lung and urinary tract infections.
A cause of death has not been announced yet.
Back in 2012, Jaime Márquez revealed that his brother was battling dementia.
In the wake of the literary giant’s death, many celebs have taken to Twitter to send their condolences.
Rose McGowan “I’m so sad about Gabriel Garcia Marquez passing. His words took me to magical places.”
Mia Farrow “RIP Gabriel García Márquez. Awe and gratitude.”
James Franco: “100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE – Gabriel Garcia Marquez We will never forget!!!”Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!
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