File - Cuban President Fidel Castro chats with Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez (R) during a gala dinner marking the Havana Festival celebrating famous Cuban cigars, in this March 4, 2000.(REUTERS/Rafael Perez)
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Fidel Castro was hit hard by last week's death of longtime friend and Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cuba's No. 2 leader said Friday.Castro has not commented publicly on Garcia Marquez's passing, though he sent a floral arrangement to a memorial ceremony in Mexico City, where the author lived the final three decades of his life.Castro, 87, retired from the Cuban presidency for good in 2008 and rarely appears in public now.Diaz-Canel is the first high-level Cuban official to speak publicly about Garcia Marquez since the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and other renowned novels died April 17 in Mexico City at age 87 .
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