The author and debater Jan Myrdal has died.

The message comes from Lasse Diding, friend and founder of the Jan Myrdal Society.

- Jan has been weakened in recent months so it did not come completely unexpected.

I have met him regularly at the end and talked to him about his books and then he has told intensely, but lately he was subdued.

He could tell and talk but he could not write anymore, which meant that he lost the spark of life, says Lasse Diding to Aftonbladet.

Myrdal was admitted to hospital the day before yesterday with suspected blood poisoning and died this morning, writes Aftonbladet.

Got its breakthrough in 1963

Jan Myrdal was born in 1927 in Bromma in Stockholm and was the son of Alva and Gunnar Myrdal.

He made his breakthrough with the book Report from Chinese Village which was published in 1963.

Jan Myrdal was an honorary doctor of literature at Uppsala College in New Jersey and an honorary doctor of philosophy at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

The text is updated.