Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1982 Columbian Nobel Laureate, was hospitalized in Mexico with urinary tract and lung infections on Thursday. Marquez is 87 years old and suffers from senile dementia. He celebrated his 87th birthday on March 6th with a cake that was decorated with yellow roses which he speaks of often in his novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In 1999, Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. He was treated in Los Angeles, CA before returning home to Mexico. His brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, says he developed dementia not long after the chemotherapy treatments ended.
Marquez and his family have lived in Mexico for 30 years. He has been married 55 years to Mercedes Barcha who is often call Gaba. They have two sons. Rodrigo Garcia Barcha who is a Harvard graduate and director along with their son Gonzalo Garcia Barcha who is a designer in Paris.
Marquez has been heavily criticized for his friendship with Fidel Castro. He was so close to Castro that he sent copies of his manuscripts to Castro before he sent them to his publisher. This friendship helped Marquez to volunteer as facilitator in negotiations between the Columbian government and socialist guerillas.
He first worked as a journalist in Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Bogotá. Then he became a foreign correspondent traveling to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Caracas, and the United States. His novels have drawn heavy acclaim with the most popular being One Hundred Years of Solitude, Autumn of the Patriarch, and Love in the Time of Cholera. After his cancer he wrote a 579 page novel, To Live to Tell it. His novels have outsold anything written in Spanish except the Bible.