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PHOTO GALLERY: World mourns the Nobel-winning Colombian author Garcia Marquez




Residents hold lighted candles as they pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A wreath hangs in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Residents light candles as they pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A resident holding a candle cries in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A girl touches the sign outside the Gabriel Garcia Marquez cultural center in downtown Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, April 17, 2014 (Photo: AP)

A woman waves a flower with a black ribbon while standing with others outside the home of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Police officers block the entrance to the funeral home where the body of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was taken to, in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A man carries a flower wreath while passing through a line of police officers outside the funeral home where the body of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was taken to, in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Miguel Guerra, a fan of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, stands with flowers outside the funeral home where the body of Garcia Marquez was taken in Mexico City, Thursday, April 17, 2014 (Photo: AP)

A man arrives with flowers to the funeral home where the body of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was taken in Mexico City, Thursday, April 17, 2014 (Photo: AP)

A man carries a bouquet of yellow roses outside the funeral home where the body of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was taken in a hearse in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

People and police stand outside the funeral home where the body of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was taken in a hearse in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A couple holding flowers stand behind police officers outside the home of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A man holds a yellow rose while standing behind police officers outside the home of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City April 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

A vehicle from a funeral home is surrounded by journalists as it enters the home of the late Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City, Thursday, April 17, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Tributes poured in Friday for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose "magical realism" told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America.

He died Thursday at age 87.

Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" was one of the world's most popular Latin American novelists and godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.

The longtime journalist befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was once punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and joked that he wrote to make his friends love him.

"One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted.

He later declared three days of national mourning.

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