Mexican screenwriter/playwright Vicente Lenero has died, aged 81.

Officials at the Mexican Film Institute announced that Lenero passed away on Wednesday (03Dec14). No further details regarding his death were released as Wenn went to press.

Lenero began his career as a novelist and released his first book The Pained Voice in 1961. He won the prestigious Premio Biblioteca Breve literary award for his second project, The Bricklayers, which he later adapted for the screen.

Lenero also worked as a journalist, non-fiction author and a playwright, and he penned screenplays for a number of movies and Tv series. Most notably, he wrote the script for Salma Hayek's 1995 movie The Alley of Miracles and Gael Garcia Bernal's 2002 film The Crime of Father Amaro, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and the Golden Globe awards.

In 2001, he was honoured with the prestigious Premio Xavier Villaurrutia literary prize and in 2002, he received Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes de Mexico (National Prize of Arts and Sciences) for literature and linguistics.