Mexican Novelist Juan Garcia Ponce Dies

Sun Dec 28, 5:52 PM ET

MEXICO CITY - Juan Garcia Ponce, a renowned art critic, translator and prize-winning novelist, has died. He was 71.

Garcia Ponce died Saturday of complications from multiple sclerosis, which he suffered from for more than three decades, Mexican news media reported.

President Vicente Fox (news - web sites), in a condolence letter sent to the author's brother, Jose Antonio Garcia Ponce, said, "Unfortunately, the Mexican arts now lacks one of its greatest creators, who gave his life to the written word.

" The author of at least 50 books, Garcia Ponce wrote novels, plays, screenplays and essays, and also was considered one of the best art critics in Mexico.

In 2001, he received the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize, one of Latin America's and the Caribbean's top writing awards

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