Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Oscar Hijuelos Dies At 62
Oscar Hijuelos, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American novelist who wrote 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love", has died at the age of 62.
According to the Associated Press, Hujuelos' publicist, Jennifer Lyons, confirmed that the author suffered a heart attack while playing tennis on Saturday on a Manhattan tennis court.
Hujuelos won the Pulitzer in 1990 for his most famous novel, which was turned into 1992 film The Mambo Kings, starring Armand Assante and and Antonio Banderas as two Cuban musician brothers who emigrate to New York City in the 1950s to start a dance hall band. The novel was also turned into a stage musical in 1999.
He was the first Latino to win the Pulitzer, and the book influenced a whole generation of Latino writers.
Hijuelos wrote eight novels in his life; his first, "Our House in the Last World", was published in 1983.
He is survived by second wife Lori Marie Carlson, whom he married in 1998.
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