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  4/17/2014, Nissan 17, 5774

Literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died


Literary giant Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died, Mexico's state-run news agency reports. He was 87.

The Colombian author had been hospitalized for infections in his lungs and his urinary

The Nobel Prize recipient, known as "Gabo," was born in the northern Colombian town of Aracataca, the inspiration for the fictional town of Macondo, the setting of the 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

He won the Nobel Prize for literature 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.