Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Carlos Ruiz Zafon poses during the presentation of his book “El laberinto de los espiritus” (The spirits' maze) at the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Barcelona Image Credit: AFP

Barcelona: Leading Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, who scored an international hit with his Barcelona-based mystery "The Shadow of the Wind", died on Friday, his publishing house said. He was 55.

"Today Carlos Ruiz Zafon has died, one of the best contemporary novelists. We will remember you forever, Carlos!" Planeta publishing house wrote on Twitter.