Farewell, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 Thousands Line Up To Bid Goodbye To Garcia Marquez

April 21, 201410:43 PM ET

People wait outside the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City on Monday to pay tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

People wait outside the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City on Monday to pay tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

With two heads of state and thousands of tearful admirers, Mexico bid farewell on Monday to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time.

The ashes of the author, who died Thursday at age 87, were received at Mexico City’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts to several minutes of thunderous applause after being placed on a black pedestal by his widow, Mercedes Barcha, and his two sons, Gonzalo and Rodrigo.

He was eulogized in a brief ceremony in the dramatic art deco lobby by the presidents of both Mexico and Colombia, two countries linked by the writer through his birth, life, heritage and career.

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