Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaɾlos rwiθ θaˈfon]; 25 September 1964 – 19 June 2020) was a Spanish novelist best known for his 2001 novel La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind).
Ruiz Zafón was born in the city of Barcelona. Growing up in Spain, he began his working life by making money in advertising. His grandparents had worked in a factory and his father sold insurance. In the 1990s Ruiz Zafón moved to Los Angeles where he worked briefly in screen writing. He was fluent in English.
On 19 June 2020, at the age of 55, Ruiz Zafón died of colorectal cancer in Los Angeles.
Ruiz Zafón's first novel, El príncipe de la niebla 1993 (The Prince of Mist, published in English in 2010), earned the Edebé literary prize…Read more on Wikipedia