BOGOTA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Renowned Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, is unable to write due to senile dementia, local media reported on Saturday, citing his own brother.
"Dementia runs in our family, and he (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) already suffered from it partly due to the cancer treatment earlier," Jamie Garcia Marquez was quoted as saying at a recent cultural event in Colombia's Caribbean resort of Cartagena.
According to the younger brother, the chemotherapy the 1982 Nobel laureate in literature received in the 1990s for the treatment of lymphatic cancer reduced neuron quantities and accelerated the deterioration of his mental health.
"When we first talked to Gabriel, we were really concerned about his health situation, but then we actually were pleased to have him alive," Jaime Garcia Marquez told the local newspaper El Heraldo.
The 85-year-old writer currently lives in Mexico with his wife. His best known novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
His most recent publication was "I didn't come to give a speech " in 2010.