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Fans in tribute to Garcia Marquez
22 Apr 2014 21:09
Fans and family have paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, leaving flowers and playing music in a colourful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature.
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Garcia Marquez died in Mexico on Thursday aged 87.
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Hundreds thronged outside Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts to lay bouquets and see the urn containing the ashes of the pioneer of magical realism and author of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'.
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Mourners used umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun as they bade farewell to Garcia Marquez, who was known to friends and fans alike as 'Gabo', while some struck up music, playing on tambourines and maracas.
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Inside, a few guests cried out 'Gabo' as the author's ashes entered in a box into the Palace of Fine Arts.
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos gave thanks for his life as evening fell.
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"A great, really great man has left us," Mr Pena Nieto said. "But his work remains with us."
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Colombia is due to hold a separate memorial, and Mr Santos said Garcia Marquez had achieved "eternal glory".
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"More than simply the Colombian, he brought to his works the very essence of the Latin American being," he said.
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