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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, left, embraces Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez during a round table discussion on Fuentes' work at the UNAM national university in Mexico City. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian Nobel laureate who helped define Latin America, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday Thursday, according to people close to his family. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Ma…