EFEMexico City

Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, the director of the Mexican State Employees Social Security and Services Institute, or ISSSTE, has died from a heart attack, media reports said. He was 48.

Lerdo de Tejada felt ill on Friday evening and was transported to Mexico City's Adolfo Lopez Mateos Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 p.m.

President Enrique Peña Nieto posted a condolence message on Twitter, saying that it was "with great sadness that I join in the pain being felt by the family of my collaborator and friend, Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada."

The president released a second statement, calling the late ISSSTE director "a man of great dedication, a Mexican with deep love and commitment to his country, may he rest in peace."

Lerdo de Tejada, born on Nov. 1, 1966, in Mexico City, earned a law degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM.

He was a member of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, served in Congress and was appointed ISSSTE director by Peña Nieto on Dec. 4, 2012.