By Staff Reporter (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: May 15, 2012 07:15 PM EDT

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes arrives at a news conference announcing the Formentor Prize for Literature 2012 in Mexico City in this March 12, 2012 file photo. Fuentes has died at the age of 83, President Felipe Calderon said on May 15, 2012 via his Twitter account. Fuentes was known for works including The Death of Artemio Cruz and The Old Gringo. (Photo : REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/Files)

Mexico's greatest contemporary writer, Carlos Fuentes, died of health complications at a hospital in Mexico City on Tuesday at the mature age of 83.

"I deeply lament the death of our dear and admired Carlos Fuentes, a writer and Mexican of the world," President Felipe Calderon posted on his Twitter account, Tuesday afternoon.

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Carlos Fuentes was the author of several known works such as "The Death of Artemio Cruz", "Aura", and in the United States he was popularly known for his novel "The Old Gringo", which was later adapted into a film.

During his lifetime, Fuentes, also served as a Mexican ambassador to various cities around the world including London and Paris and taught as a professor in internationally acclaimed universities including Harvard, Princeton, and Cambridge.

One of the best-known writers of the Spanish language, Fuentes' works were complex, modern narrative styled stories regularly about Mexican life, identity, society and history.

He was part of a generation of rising and booming Latin American writers with contemporaries such as Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa.

During his life time he wrote 24 novels, several short stories and essays, two screen plays, and a handful for theatre pieces.

He was pronounced dead in Mexico City by the head of the National Council of Culture and Arts from a hemorrhage.

 

 

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