A BLUNDER by Spanish president Mariano Rajoy's staff has led to the regional president of Catalunya receiving condolences for the death of 'his father', Mexican author Carlos Fuentes.
Artur Mas, leader of the Generalitat de Catalunya, is not related in any way to the 83-year-old literary cult figure, although he did in fact lose his father on March 14 this year.
Fuentes, who was born in Panamá City to Mexican parents, died on Tuesday in the capital of his native country, México D.F.
He had suffered a massive internal haemorrhage due to a burst gastric ulcer.
One of the greatest Latin American writers of the second half of the 20th century and Nobel nominee several times over, Carlos Fuentes is credited with numerous essays on politics and society, novels, and film scripts, the most famous being Tiempo a morir ('time to die') penned jointly with Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez in 1966.
Sources from the Spanish leader's residence, the Moncloa, said the error was immediately rectified.
They believe that a template for the condolence letter, originally addressed to Artur Mas, was used for Carlos Fuentes' family but not properly proof-read, leading to some of the text from the previous copy slipping through the net.