Writer Hafid Bouazza (51) died

The Moroccan-Dutch author Hafid Bouazza died on Thursday at the OLVG Hospital in his hometown of Amsterdam. Hes 51 years old.

Bouazza was struggling with alcohol, drug and drug addiction for years and had been hospitalized several times with liver failure. He leaves two sons behind, says his publishing house Querido.

Born in 1970 in Oujda, Moroccan, the writer moved with his family to the Netherlands at the age of seven, where he spent his childhood in Arkel. In Amsterdam, where he studied Arabic linguistics and literature, he was reborn , as he himself described it.

In 1996 he made his debut with The feet of Abdullah, for which he won the E. du Perron Prize. He built up a reputation as a free thinker and as an Islamic critic, and was both applauded and criticized for his lavish language.

In recent years Bouazza lived a freely withdrawn life in the centre of Amsterdam. His latest novel Meriswin, in which he wrote disguised about his illness and mixed up reality and delirium, dates back to 2014.