Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87

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Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist and Nobel Prize winner, died Thursday in Mexico City, his publisher confirms. A forefather of magical realism, García Márquez was best known for his seminal 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, which sold over 20 million copies and inspired countless undergraduate semesters abroad. García Márquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999, and spent most of his later years writing memoirs; his Random House editor told the New York Times that García Márquez was working on a novel at the time of his death but seemed “disinclined” to publish it. ("He told me, ‘This far along I don’t need to publish more.’”) García Márquez was 87.