Oscar Hijuelos, a son of Cuban immigrants to the U.S. whose 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died. He was 62.
His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Gotham Books, which published Hijuelos' 2011 memoir "Thoughts Without Cigarettes."
Hijuelos had a heart attack Saturday on a Manhattan tennis court, his agent, Jennifer Lyons, told the Associated Press.
Though his success helped pave the way for other Latino writers, he never felt comfortable with an ethnic label.
"I basically do my own thing," he told Newsday in 1999. "I quietly write...