Beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was mourned by thousands at a public memorial in his adopted Mexico on Monday (21Apr14).

The writer, best known for his book One Hundred Years of Solitude, passed away at his home in Mexico City last Thursday (17Apr14) at the age of 87 and he was later remembered at a three-hour open tribute in the city.

The service was held at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Art and was attended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, who both offered tributes, as well as Marquez's widow and two sons.

The venue was filled with yellow flowers and at the end of the ceremony, attendees threw yellow paper butterflies into the air - a reference to the writer's most famous book and favourite colour.

Prior to the service, thousands of devotees lined up to pay their respects as they walked past an urn of Marquez's ashes. The procession continued after the memorial, which was preceded by a private funeral in Mexico City last week (ends20Apr14).