Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

 "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time."

US President Barack Obama

"With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favourites from the time I was young ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come." 

Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who had once famously feuded with Garcia Marquez.

 "A great man has died, one whose works gave the literature of our language great reach and prestige."

Chilean writer Isabel Allende

"I owe him the impulse and the freedom to plunge into literature. In his books I found my own family, my country, the people I have known all my life, the colour, the rhythm, and the abundance of my continent."

Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Nobel Prize-awarding Swedish Academy

"A great artist is gone, but his grand art remains with us. Most authors are only shadows, but Gabriel Garcia Marquez belonged to those who cast a shadow, and he will continue to do so long after his death."

British novelist Ian McEwan, to the BBC

"One would really have to go back to Dickens to find a writer of the highest literary quality who commanded such extraordinary power over whole populations."

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

"On behalf of Mexico, I express my sadness for the death of one the greatest writers of our time: Gabriel Garcia Marquez."

Former US President Bill Clinton

"From the time I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty ... I was honoured to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years."

French President Francois Hollande

"With Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writing giant who gave worldwide reach to the imagination of an entire continent has passed. ... His committed articles as a journalist and his tireless struggle against imperialism made him one of the most influential South American intellectuals of our time."

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

"His unique characters and exuberant Latin America will remain marked in the hearts and memories of his millions of readers."

Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House in Mexico

"He is like the Mandela of literature because of the impact that he has had on readers all over the world. His influence is universal, and that is a very rare thing."

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

"Gabo's death is a loss for Colombia and for the entire world. His work will safeguard his memory," the rebel group tweeted. 

Source: Agencies