Mercedes Barcha, widow of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, dies at 87

MEXICO CITY — Mercedes Barcha, that had been imputed with late husband and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez making it feasible for him to write his masterpiece”One Hundred Years of Solitude,” has died at age 87.

Barcha, who wed García Márquez in 1958 and handled that the couple’s finances through some difficult times while the writer composed, died on Saturday in Mexico City, based on Mexico’s Culture Ministry. The couple had moved into Mexico in 1961; García Márquez expired in 2014.

Barcha, who was suffering from respiratory problems, was commended by Native President Iván Duque, the Mexican government, and prominent characters in Native American culture and art because of her position as a muse and lifelong companion to Garcia Marquez. The celebrated writer was given the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982 and is regarded as among the most essential Spanish-language authors of all time.

“I had the chance of fulfilling Mercedes Barcha. Good conversationalist, cheerful, crucial, cultured, infallible in her comments. A fantastic and gorgeous girl,” Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s mayor, stated on Twitter.

Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez stated that using Barcha’s passing,” an entire literary age is left behind, and also the memory of a friend of several joyful years of discussions, surprises, long tales and sleepless nights stays.”

Jorge Eduardo Ritter, a former Panamanian foreign minister who had been a buddy of García Márquez, composed on Sunday: “In no small measure just how much we owe on the author, he along with his subscribers owe it. They’re together again”