|Carlos Fuentes 1928-2012|
The Mexican author Carlos Fuentes has died, aged 83.
Fuentes was one of the most prolific Latin American writers known equally for his fiction and his essays on politics and culture.
His most famous works were The Death of Artemio Cruz and The Old Gringo.
He was associated with the Latin American Boom - a literary movement made up of mainly young authors whose politically critical works broke with established traditions.
He died in a hospital in Mexico City. Hospital sources did not comment on his cause of death.
Mr Fuentes wrote a wealth of novels, plays and essays and regularly commented on political events in Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Born in Panama in 1928, he did not move to Mexico until he was 16.
The son of a diplomat, Mr Fuentes spent much of his childhood moving around the Western Hemisphere.
He said it was this which allowed him to view Latin America from a distance, giving him a critical edge.