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Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez stands outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico City in this March 6, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/Files

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 87

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MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87.

A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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