Oscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American author dies at 62 from an apparent heart attack.
Hijuelos was a novelist and non-fiction writer who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his novel, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." The book tells the story of two brothers who immigrate from Cuba to America, and pursue careers in music. The novel looks at the struggle of immigrants assimilating to the new culture of America, as well as forming a new identity in a new place. The novel was later turned into a movie "The Mambo Kings."
The news of Hijuelos' death was reported to the Associated Press, and his agent Jennifer Lyons confirmed that he died of a heart attack while playing tennis Saturday.
Hijuelos was a strong writer who confronted difficult issues in his work, both fiction and non-fiction. His strong voice and writing on what it means to be a Cuban-American, and the struggles that come with that will be missed.