Photo: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday denied a newspaper article stating that Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer, saying the Nobel literature laureate is merely recovering from a bout of pneumonia.
Santos made the remarks about the Colombian writer, who has resided in Mexico for decades, in statements to reporters in the southwestern city of Popayan, capital of Cauca province.
“It’s not true what a Mexican daily published, that (Garcia Marquez’s) cancer has returned and that (his body) has been invaded by cancer. That’s not true,” the president said without indicating his sources.
Mexican daily El Universal on Monday cited anonymous “reliable” sources as saying that Garcia Marquez, who was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 but subsequently overcame it, was now battling an advanced form of cancer affecting his lungs, lymph nodes and liver.
But Santos said the 87-year-old writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, had merely suffered from “pneumonia at an advanced age” and that that illness “is now under control.”
Garcia Marquez “is at home and, of course, we’re all praying for his recovery,” the president added.
Also Monday, Garcia Marquez’s wife and children released a statement indicating the author’s condition was stable but “very fragile” and that “there are risks of complications” due to his age.
The author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is known for novels and short stories that employ a literary style known as “magical realism.”