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Who Writes to the Colonel? Marquez death rumor reappears

The man behind One Hundred Years of Solitude, Nobel Prize-winning Colombian wordsmith Gabriel García Márquez has become the subject of a hoax… again. Reports that the 85-year-old novelist was dead came as a bombshell on Twitter.

­The rumor, that was later dispelled, originated from a Twitter account claiming to be the official outlet of another writing legend, Umberto Eco. The account then turned out to be fake too, just like that of Marquez, maintained under the nickname El Gabo.

Colombian news agency Noticias RCN, the writer's editors, and head of the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Journalism, Jaime Abello Banfi dismissed the death rumor as false.

­It's not the first time the creator of Love in the Time of Cholera has been involved in a similar hoax. After receiving treatment for lymphatic cancer in 2000, Márquez was reported to have passed away after a poem suggesting he was on his deathbed appeared in a Peruvian newspaper.


 

Wednesday 16-05-2012
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