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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 17, 2014 AT 23:58 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 17, 2014 23:58 IST

Persistent rumours about Gabriel Garcia Marquez's failing health.had been around ever since he was treated for lymphatic cancer in the summer of 1999.

These rumours were seemingly confirmed when a "poem" titled "La Marioneta" or "The Puppet" bearing his name appeared in the Peruvian daily La Republica on May 29, 2000. 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 17, 2014 AT 23:58 IST, Edited At: Apr 17, 2014 23:58 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 20, 2014 AT 23:12 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 20, 2014 23:12 IST

Tributes on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 17, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 17, 2014 05:16 IST

She acted in only a handful of Hindi movies, but what songs! A few favourites.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 28, 2013 AT 08:40 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 28, 2013 08:40 IST

Farooq Sheikh, the well-loved film actor and TV host has died of a massive heart attack, while on holiday in Dubai.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 24, 2013 AT 01:06 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 24, 2013 01:06 IST

Janet Maslin in the NYT: Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words:

Mr. Leonard, who died [last] Tuesday, will forever be admired for the sheer irresistibility of the stories he told. But his legacy is much larger. He was the most influential, widely imitated crime writer of his era, and his career was a long one: more than 60 years.

After he had worked in advertising long enough to learn to appreciate brevity and catchiness, he began writing pulp westerns. They weren’t that different from the crime books that would come later. The talk was tight and crisp, the action even more so, though Mr. Leonard also kept readers slightly off balance.

“You come to see me. How do you know I’m here?” the title character is asked in “Valdez Is Coming” (1970).

“You or somebody else,” Valdez replies. “It doesn’t matter.”

Mr. Leonard’s books did most of their work through dialogue, some of it hard-boiled, some delectably funny. Either way, the syntax was contagious, to the point where Mr. Leonard’s writing voice echoes every time another crime writer drops a subject or pronoun, links unrelated clauses with just a comma.

Martin Amis called attention to Mr. Leonard’s much-copied use of the present participle: “Warren Ganz, living up in Manalapan” was his way of saying “Warren Ganz lived up in Manalapan.” Just as distinctive were his capsule descriptions, like this one from “Djibouti,” about Somali pirates: “They on the sauce gettin millions for their ransom notes.” 

Read on at the NYT: Elmore Leonard: A Man of Few, Yet Perfect, Words

And, of course, we have his Ten Rules of Writing:

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