Famous Spanish writer, Francisco Ayala, has passed away at his Madrid home on Tuesday. He was 103 years old. The cremation ceremony will be held in Madrid on Wednesday.

Born in Granada in 1906, Ayala was a great novelist and the first of his novels was published when he was just 19. He was not merely a great novelist, but also a famous essayist and respected sociologist. He had served as a professor at a university and was considered to be one amongst the best Spanish writers of the past century.

He had been awarded the coveted Cervantes Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. His name had been proposed for the Nobel Prize for Literature on many occasions too.