Apr.22 - Mexican and Colombian presidents pay tribute at a Mexico City memorial to Nobel Laureate Garcia Marquez, who died last Thursday. Sarah Toms reports.
A colourful remembrance for adored author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Hundreds of fans thronged outside Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts to pay their last respects to the giant of Latin American literature. Inside, the palace was adorned with yellow flowers, the author's favourite, and musicians also performed some of his most loved pieces. (UPSOT) The Mexican President and his Colombian counterpart gave thanks for his life. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS, SAYING: "Today in the Palace of Fine Arts, the place of excellence and the culture of Mexico, with a heavy heart and soul we say goodbye on behalf of more than 47 million compatriots, to the greatest Colombian of all time, Gabriel Garcia Marquez." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, SAYING: "His works, his inspiration, his example will always be with his friends and millions of people around the world. His words and his books will survive the limits of a human life. Garcia Marquez lives amongst us, in today's generations and those to come. A great man, a truly great man, whose work will stay with us." After they spoke, thousands of yellow paper butterflies flew out of the palace and into the night. A nod to a character from his famous novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude, who is followed by the insects. Admirers joined the author's wife, and sons to say their goodbyes. Earlier, residents in Garcia Marquez's birthplace of Aracataca in Colombia held a symbolic funeral. The writer fled Colombia in 1981 after learning that the country's military wanted to question him over links to left-wing guerrillas. Garcia Marquez, who was a pioneer of the writing style of magical realism died in Mexico on Thursday at the age of 87 but his books will live on in the hearts and minds of millions.