Sad, but not unexpected news.
BBC News - Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies
His books have given me endless hours of pleasure and have entertained, moved and provoked in equal measures. Someone important (although clearly not so important that I can remember their name) once said that García Márquez (known as Gabo) was the greatest novelist of the 20th century in the Spanish language. I'm sure there are some great contenders, but I'd argue that he was the greatest novelist of the 20th century. Period.
The sadness of his death is certainly tempered by the fact that he lived 87 long years of productive, creative life; he wasn't short-changed, especially when you remember that for many of those years he was a six-pack-a-day smoker, prodigious drinker, and wasn't unfamiliar with a certain type of commercial establishment where ladies frequent.
I hope his passing will encourage a few people to pick up one of his books and wallow in his genius for characterisation, flights of imagination and breathtaking descriptive powers. Try Love in the time of cholera, or One hundred years of solitude for a start, and then think on the talent and brilliance we have just lost.
RIP Gabo. You were a truly great artist.
For those feeling sad, this is what the man himself once said:
"No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió."
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."