Jose Maria Perez Gay, a Mexican writer, academic, translator and diplomat, died early Sunday, his brother, Rafael Perez Gay, said. He was 70.
“My brother, Jose Maria Perez Gay, died at 2:05 a.m. today, Sunday, at the age of 70,” Rafael Perez Gay said in a Twitter posting that did not provide the cause of death.
The late intellectual, who was born in Mexico City in 1944, received the National Journalism Prize for Cultural Reporting in 1996, served as ambassador to Portugal and was a cultural attache in several countries.
Jose Maria Perez Gay was also director and founder of Channel 22 television and an international affairs adviser to former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
He wrote “El imperio perdido,” “La profecia de la memoria: ensayos alemanes” and “El principe y sus guerrilleros.”
Perez Gay studied information science at the Universidad Iberoamericana and earned a doctorate in German philosophy at Berlin’s Free University.
The Austrian government awarded him the Cross of Honor for the Sciences and Germany honored him with the Order of the Great Cross of Merit.