Mexican writer Federico Campbell died from a cerebral hemorrhage, his son, Federico, told Efe. He was 72.

Campbell, the author of "Infame turba" (1971) and the "Tijuanenses" series (1989), died on Saturday while being treated for influenza at a Mexico City hospital.

The essayist, journalist, translator and editor came down with the flu two weeks ago and developed complications, his son said.

Campbell, who was honorary president of the Tijuana Book Fair, founded the La Maquina de Escribir publishing house in 1972.

He was also the author of "Pretexta" (1979), "La memoria de Sciascia" (1989), "Mascara negra. Crimen y poder" (1995), "Traspeninsular" (2000) and "La ficcion de la memoria" (2003), which was dedicated to Mexican writer Juan Rulfo.

The funeral for Campbell, who wrote for the La Jornada and Milenio newspapers, as well as the weekly Proceso, will be held Sunday in Mexico City. EFE