- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

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“A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!” - Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

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“With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young … I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo’s work will live on for generations to come.” - U.S. President Barack Obama.

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“A great man has died, one whose works gave the literature of our language great reach and prestige,” Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who had once famously feuded with Garcia Marquez.

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“I owe him the impulse and the freedom to plunge into literature. In his books I found my own family, my country, the people I have known all my life, the color, the rhythm, and the abundance of my continent.” - Chilean writer Isabel Allende

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“The world, and in particular the nations of Our America, have suffered the physical loss of an intellectual and paradigmatic writer. Cubans (have lost) a great, close and supportive friend.” - Cuban President Raul Castro.

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“(He was) a coherent, committed, progressive person, with a sense of solidarity, and deeply Latin American.” -Nobel Peace Price Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

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“Latin America has lost one of the greatest guiding lights to its truth, its happiness and its sorrow” - Uruguay President Jose Mujica.

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