Portuguese Nobel literature laureate Jose Saramago died on Friday at his home on the Spanish Canary Island of Lanzarote, his family said.

Saramago was 87 years old. He won the Nobel in 1998.

The author of works such as Blindness (1995) suffered from leukemia. He had breakfast and chatted with his wife and translator Pilar del Rio on Friday morning, after which he started feeling unwell and passed away, the family said.

Samarago had lived on the Canary Islands for years. His most recent work, Cain, was published in November.

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