Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies
MEXICO CITY — Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died Tuesday afternoon, the nation's arts council said. He was 83.
The writer died in a Mexico City hospital, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.
"I deeply regret the passing of our beloved and admired Carlos Fuentes, writer and universal Mexican. May he rest in peace," Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter post.
Mexico's national arts council described Fuentes as "one of the most prolific and recognized Mexican authors in the world." He won numerous literary awards throughout his career, including the Cervantes Prize. On Monday Spain's University of the Balearic Islands awarded him an honorary doctorate for his literary work.
In a recent interview with Spain's El Pais newspaper, the author discussed his plans to write a new book.
"My technique for staying young is working a lot, and always having a pending project. Now I've finished a book, 'Federico on His Balcony,' but now I have a new one, 'The Dance of the Centenarian,' that I start to write Monday in Mexico," Fuentes said in the interview, which was published this week.
Fuentes, a former ambassador to France who became known as much for his political commentary as his literary prowess, regularly wrote columns for the Spanish newspaper and the Mexico daily Reforma.
On Tuesday, Reforma published a column by Fuentes titled "Long live socialism. But..." analyzing the recent election of Francois Hollande to France's presidency.
In a conference at the Buenos Aires Book Fair earlier this month, Fuentes spoke of the problem of drug trafficking in the region and criticized the candidates running for president in Mexico this year.
"What alarms me enormously this year ... is that I see problems here, and the candidates there," Fuentes told CNN en Español's Carmen Aristegui in January.
-- CNN's Rafael Romo, Luis Arce and CNNMexico.com contributed to this report.