Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's two years ago. He entered a hospital two weeks ago suffering from pneumonia. Although he responded well to antibiotics, he declined quickly over the last 48 hours and passed quietly in his sleep.
He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. His numerous books of fiction are considered some of the finest ever written, in Spanish or in any language. He largely invented the literary genre of "magic realism", in which magical things happen in an everyday world.