Cuban-born writer Eliseo Alberto died over the weekend at a Mexico City hospital, where he was undergoing therapy after recently receiving a kidney transplant, a family spokesman told Efe. He was 59.

"Eliseo has just died, his body is at the hospital and we have not yet decided where to have the wake," the spokesman said.

Eliseo Alberto, the son of poet Eliseo Diego, was born in Cuba in 1951 and had lived in Mexico for more than two decades, obtaining Mexican citizenship in 2000.

The writer, winner of the 1998 Alfaguara International Novel Prize, received a kidney transplant on July 18 and had remained in the hospital.

His condition was initially stable, the family spokesman said.

Eliseo Alberto, considered one of the best Cuban writers of recent times and known to close friends as "Lichi," had thanked his medical team for their work on the transplant and post-operative care.

The writer, who earned a journalism degree from the University of Havana, published the poetry collections "Importara el trueno" (1975), "Las cosas que yo amo" (1977) and "Un instante en cada cosa" (1979).

Eliseo Alberto also wrote the novels "La fogata roja" (1985), "La eternidad por fin comienza un lunes" (1992), Caracol Beach (1998), "La fabula de Jose" (2000), "Esther en alguna parte (2005) and "El retablo del conde Eros (2008).