May 15 - Mexican author Carlos Fuentes dies in Mexico City at the age of 83. John Russell reports.
THIS EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL Carlos Fuentes, one of Latin America's most eloquent and widely read authors and a fierce critic of governments, died on Tuesday (May 15) after a literary career spanning more than five decades. He was 83. Fuentes' best-known works include "The Death of Artemio Cruz," "The Old Gringo" and "The Crystal Frontier." Local media said Fuentes died in a Mexico City hospital on Tuesday following heart problems. Dividing his time chiefly between Mexico City and London, Fuentes dovetailed literature - writing more than 30 books that have been translated into two dozen languages - and social observation throughout his career. Carlos Fuentes - the son of diplomats went on to study law. In the 1980s he was a frequent critic of U.S. intervention in Central America and lambasted the effects of U.S. immigration policy on Mexican migrant workers . Mexican President Felipe Calderon and other political and cultural leaders quickly paid tribute to Fuentes on Tuesday. John Russell, Reuters.