Mexico's longest-serving and most polemic television news anchor has died at the age of 87.

The news manager for Jacobo Zabludovsky's radio program confirmed the death Thursday.

His former employer, the Televisa network, said in a tweet that he died of a stroke.

Zabludovsky anchored Mexico's most-viewed evening news program for almost three decades, until 1998.

He was widely criticized for his overwhelmingly pro-government coverage in the country's hotly disputed 1988 elections.