Latin America and the literary world are mourning the loss of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at the age of 87. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez once said: "The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love." The 87-year-old Nobel Prize winner leaves behind an untold number of people who loved him dearly.
"Big surprise to us because Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a legend," said one fan.
"Gabriel was very important," said another. "Not only for Colombians. He was very important for the world."
"He was telling the truth about some situations," said a third.
Garcia Marquez's "magical realism," spun into novels and short stories, exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's culture, its depth of characters, triumphs and tragedies.
He is best known for his 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," which sold more than 50 million copies in more than two dozen languages.
Known simply as "Gabo," he was the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes, centuries ago.
On this night, famed Chilean author Isabel Allende spoke to students at New York's Cervantes Center.
Allende said reading Garcia Marquez's words helped her recognize her own reality.
"I grew up reading his work, and he's been an inspiration ever since, and we are definitely going to mourn his passing," said Vayardo Carvajao, a fan of Garcia Marquez.
Garcia Marquez's work has sold more than than other author in Spanish. Only The Bible tops it in sales.
Garcia Marquez has also been quoted as saying: "Be calm. God awaits you at the door."
Garcia Marquez wrote dozens of books and short stories. Fans here said they are thankful for that because he will live on in his work.