The death of Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the age of 87 has attracted world attention and international tributes.
Regarded as one of the greatest writers in the Spanish-language, he was best known for his masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.
His books were read by everyone from presidents to youngsters and with his unique blend of magic and realism they became popular around the world.
President Obama said the world had lost “one of its greatest visionary writers” while former US President Bill Clinton called him “a man with a unique gift of imagination and emotional honesty”.
Among his other works were “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”.
The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, a one-time friend but after a punch outside a cinema they started one of literatures most talked-about feuds, said:
“A great writer had died, whose work gave great diffusion and prestige to the literature of the Spanish language. His novels will survive him and will continue to win over readers everywhere.”
Colombian by birth he was last seen in public on his birthday at his home in Mexico. He died there after several years of ill health.