December 21, 2014
Remains of García Márquez to be cremated in private ceremony
The remains of the Colombian novelist will be cremated in a private ceremony at the request of his family, and a public ceremony will be held on Monday at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City.
Director of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) María Cristina García Cepeda said during a press briefing that a public ceremony will be "for everyone to pay homage to his legacy."
García Cepeda also explained that no funeral will be held until Monday, and asked the media to respect the family in their mourning.
No details on the final resting place for García Márquez's remains were disclosed.
Aída García Márquez, the novelist's sister, has expressed her desire to transfer the body to Colombia.
"Gabito is from Colombia", she said.
But it is Gabo's wife, Mercedes Barcha and their sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo, who have the final word on the matter and they haven't made any announcements so far.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in turn, declared three national days of mourning.