One hundred years of love

Mercedes Barcha Pardo, the love of Garcia Marquez’s life and his partner for 56 years, passed away in Mexico City on Saturday, August 15, at the age of 87, six years after her husband died. Announcing the news on Twitter, Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum described her as a “great conversationalist, cheerful, critical, cultured, infallible in her opinions”. She is survived by her two sons, Gonzalo and Rodrigo Garcia Barcha.