Nobel laureate novelist Gabriel García Márquez has died at age 87 in Mexico City, according to his former editor at Random House.
The Colombian author best known for his novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” for which he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, had been battling a pulmonary infection.
His health had deteriorated since his last public appearance for his birthday last month.
Garcia Márquez, or Gabo as he was affectionately known to millions of Latin Americans, is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century.
His works out-sold every book published in Spanish with the exception of the bible.
Among some of his other works are Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Love in the Time of Cholera– which nearly two decades later was made into a Hollywood movie.
Márquez become an ally of the Latin America left and went onto develop strong ties with Fidel Castro and heavily critized America’s interventions in Vietnam and Chile.
Gabriel García Márquez was the eldest of 11 children and was born in Aracataca, Colombia which is referenced in most of his books as “Macondo.” He leaves behind his wife Mercedes and his two sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo.