Fans pay tribute to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez in Mexico City

Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:01am EDT
 
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By Lizbeth Diaz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in a colorful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature.

Hundreds thronged outside Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, a domed jewel of early 20th century architecture, to lay bouquets and see the urn containing the ashes of the pioneer of magical realism and author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude".

Garcia Marquez died in Mexico on Thursday, at age 87.

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.

Inside, a few guests cried out "Gabo" as the author's ashes entered in a box into the Palace of Fine Arts, where Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, gave thanks for his life as evening fell.

"A great, really great man has left us," Pena Nieto said. "But his work remains with us."

Colombia is due to hold a separate memorial on Tuesday, and Santos said Garcia Marquez had achieved "eternal glory."

"More than simply the Colombian, he brought to his works the very essence of the Latin American being," he said.   Continued...

 
People stand outside the Palace of the Fine Arts surrounded by yellow paper butterflies after a public viewing of the ashes of late Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Henry Romero