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Juan Carlos Llorca, veteran AP correspondent in El Paso and Guatemala, dies at age 40

  • In this Oct. 25, 2010 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending.  He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    In this Oct. 25, 2010 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Dec. 1999 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca, right, talks with presidential candidate, Alfonso Portillo during an interview in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. Llorca collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    In this Dec. 1999 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca, right, talks with presidential candidate, Alfonso Portillo during an interview in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. Llorca collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sept. 2003 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca writes in the newsroom of El Periodico de Guatemala in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. Llorca collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    In this Sept. 2003 photo, Juan Carlos Llorca writes in the newsroom of El Periodico de Guatemala in Guatemala City. Llorca, El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. Llorca collapsed at his home in El Paso on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to his sister, Maria Jimena Llorca. A cause of death was pending. He was 40. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

Juan Carlos Llorca, the El Paso correspondent for The Associated Press and a veteran reporter in his native Guatemala, has died. He was 40.

Llorca's sister, Maria Jimena Llorca, says her brother collapsed at his home Monday. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is pending.

While a political writer for El Periodico de Guatemala newspaper, Llorca was selected for a Scripps Howard Foundation journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C., in 2002.

He joined the AP in 2005 in Guatemala, where his reporting on illegal international adoptions helped prompt national reforms. In 2010, Llorca was named AP's correspondent in El Paso, where he covered Mexico's drug war, immigration and other issues.

Llorca's two teenage sons had recently joined him in El Paso.