Manuel "Manu" Leguineche, well-known war correspondent and teacher for several generations of reporters, died in this capital on Wednesday, Madrid Press Association president Carmen del Riego told Efe. He was 72.

Leguineche died in a Madrid hospital after a lengthy illness, Del Riego said.

Born Sept. 29, 1941, in the northern Spanish town of Arrazua, Leguineche studied law and philosophy and began working as a reporter for the Madrid daily.

His first trip as a special correspondent came in 1962, when he traveled to North Africa to cover the Algerian independence struggle.

Leguineche went on to report on conflicts in spots from Vietnam to Iraq, including the Falkland Islands, Nicaragua, Cyprus, Morocco, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

He was a founder of several different news agencies, including Colpisa, LID and Fax Press.

Leguineche wrote almost 50 books about his travels, including "El camino mas corto," "Sobre el volcan" and "Gibraltar: La roca en el zapato de España."

He received many awards, including the 1980 National Journalism Award, the 1984 Cirilo Rodriguez Prize, the 1991 Ortega y Gasset Prize and the Spanish Order of Constitutional Merit in 2007. EFE