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Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, hospitalized in Mexico City

Federal health officials say Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been hospitalized in Mexico City.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information. They declined to specify the cause of his illness.

The 87-year-old Nobel laureate is by some accounts the Spanish language's most popular writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. The extraordinary literary celebrity he attained in life drew comparisons with Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He has lived in Mexico City for more than 30 years.