Fidel Castro 'dismayed' by Garcia Marquez's death

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:39 PM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's No. 2 leader says Fidel Castro was "dismayed" by last week's death of longtime friend and Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel says the retired 87-year-old leader feels the loss of friends deeply.

Castro has not commented publicly on Garcia Marquez's passing, though he sent a floral arrangement to a memorial ceremony in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez lived in Mexico's capital for the final three decades of his life.

Diaz-Canel spoke Friday in Havana as he signed a book of condolences at the Colombian Embassy.