Stars including Forest Whitaker, Lena Dunham, Shakira and Eva Longoria have paid tribute to beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez following his death on Thursday (17Apr14). The writer passed away at his home in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 87 following a series of health battles, and his death has triggered an outpouring of grief among the showbiz community.
Many stars took to Twitter.com to share their favourite quotes from Marquez’s work and tributes also came in from U.S. President Barack Obama, who said “The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers – and one of my favourites from the time I was young.”
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos referenced the writer’s most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, in a tribute posted on Twitter.com, writing, “One Hundred Years of Solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time.”
Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker shared a quote from Marquez in his own Twitter tribute, writing, “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – RIP, you will always exist in our hearts,” while Girls star Lena Dunham adds, “I once made out with someone purely because I thought he might be related to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What a beautiful writer – RIP.”
Eva Longoria shared her favourite Marquez novel with fans, One Hundred Years Of Solitude, and added, “My heart hurts today with the loss of the great Gabriel García Márquez. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. RIP.”
Other stars to pay tribute to the novelist include fellow Colombian Shakira, who wrote an open letter to the late author: “Dear Gabo, you once said that life isn’t what one lived, but the life one remembers and how he remembers it to retell it… your life, dear Gabo, will be remembered by all of us as a unique and singular gift, and as the most original story of all. It’s difficult to say goodbye to you, with all that you’ve given us! You will always be in my heart and in those of all who loved and admired you. Shak.”
Actress Daryl Hannah, model Christy Turlington and musician Flea have also shared their condolences and memories of Marquez’s work.