Author Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: Family

MEXICO CITY - Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is in "very fragile" condition and at risk of complications as he recovers at home from a recent hospitalization, his family said Monday.

The family issued the statement one week after the 87-year-old Nobel literature laureate was released from a Mexico City hospital, where he had stayed for eight days to be treated for lung and urinary tract infections.

The brief statement made no mention of a report by Mexican newspaper El Universal that Garcia Marquez is fighting cancer and is receiving palliative care due to his age.

El Universal, citing "reliable sources," said the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver.

After he was released from the hospital last week, Garcia Marquez was taken by ambulance to his home in the Mexican capital, where he has lived for decades, to recover from the infections, which were treated with antibiotics.

The family's statement, published by Colombian daily El Tiempo, said that Gabo, as he is affectionately known, would continue recovering at home.

"His condition is stable but very fragile and there are risks of complications due to his age," said his wife, Mercedes, and sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

The family urged the media to respect his privacy.