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New York, May 19, 2017: An Indian man who came to the US from Latin America without proper documents has died while in federal custody in Atlanta, in Georgia state, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Atulkumar Babubhai Patel, 58, died on Tuesday at an Atlanta hospital, the ICE said in a statement. “The preliminary cause of death has been ruled to be complications from congestive heart failure,” it added.

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The Indian citizen arrived in Atlanta on May 10 from Quito, Ecuador, without the necessary immigration documents and on May 11 US Customs and Border Protection officials transferred him to ICE custody, the agency said.

When Patel was admitted to the Atlanta Detention Center, an initial medical screening showed he had high blood pressure and diabetes, the ICE said.

On May 13, a nurse checking his blood sugar noticed he “had shortness of breath and he was promptly transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for additional evaluation and treatment where he later died”, it added.

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The Indian Consulate General in Atlanta was informed about Patel’s death and they have informed his family, the ICE said.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper reported that Patel was the second person to die in ICE custody in Georgia within two days.

A Panamanian citizen was found dead at another ICE centre with a sheet around his neck, the newspaper said.

Shana Tabak, an immigration law professor who heads a Georgia lawyers’ network helping ICE detainees, called the two deaths “shocking and tragic”, the newspaper reported.

She told the newspaper that the government was constitutionally obligated to provide detainees with adequate medical care “and two deaths in Georgia in one week certainly raises the question to me of whether the ICE and the US government are meeting those legal obligations”. (IANS)

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Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87

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Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
  • Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Also known as Gabo, he was a Columbian novelist
  • He was also a Nobel Prize winner

Search engine Google on Tuesday celebrated the 91st birthday of Columbian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle.

Affectionately known as Gabo throughout Latin America, Marquez is considered as one of the significant authors of the 20th century. He was also a famed short-story writer, screenwriter and a journalist.

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Google honoured Gabo with a doodle. Wikimedia Commons

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his literary contribution, especially for his short stories and novels.

The doodle highlights the magical city of Macondo which was brought to life by the author is his famous book “A Hundred Years of Solitude”. The book eventually became a bestseller, with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

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Some of his other acclaimed books are “The Autumn of the Patriarch”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, and “Chronicles of a Death Foretold”. His last work “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” was published in 2004.

Born in the year 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia, he has penned over 25 books, transporting readers into a world of magical realism where they find themselves in the lush, humid tropics – mouldering into solitude or being slowly consumed by the throes of passion.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez  is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons

Marquez’s keen sense of political activism and courage also allowed him to author a number of non-fictional works that eloquently document the times that he lived in, “News of a Kidnapping” is among the most famous of these.

During the Cuban Revolution, Marquez also shared a close friendship with Fidel Castro.

Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87. IANS