Gelman, who was born in Buenos Aires but lived in the Mexican
capital for more than 20 years, died after being hospitalized,
the council said in a statement.
Local media reported that he suffered from myelodysplastic
syndromes (MDS), a group of bone marrow and blood diseases.
The poet and political analyst's writings won some of the
highest awards given to Spanish writers, including the lifetime
achievement Miguel de Cervantes Prize.
Gelman fought against impunity and injustices under Argentina's
military junta, which "disappeared" thousands of suspected
leftists from 1976 to 1983. One of Gelman's own sons was
kidnapped and murdered during the so-called "dirty war."
(Reporting by Miguel Gutierrez;
editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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