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Mexican writer Fernando del Paso dead at 83

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2007 file photo, Mexican writer Fernando del Paso speaks during a news conference, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican novelist, essayist and poet died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Javier Hoyos, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The widely honored Mexican novelist and poet Fernando del Paso has died at the age of 83.

The University of Guadalajara said Del Paso died Wednesday, but did not give a cause of death. He had been director of the university’s library.

Del Paso was best known for his historical novel “News From the Empire” about the brief reign of Emperor Maximilian in Mexico.

He was awarded Spain’s prestigious Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 2016 and numerous other honors throughout his career. His works included poetry, essays, plays and children’s literature./

Del Paso also served as a diplomat, was known in his later years for his flowing white mane of hair and flamboyant suits.

He had suffered a long string of health issues, including strokes, tumors and open-heart surgery.

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