Enrique Iglesias has paid tribute to songwriter Jose Chein Garcia-Alonso after learning of the songwriter's death.

Garcia-Alonso wrote the pop star's single Experiencia Religiosa (Religious Experience), which was named Pop Song of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards in 1996.

Iglesias took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14) after hearing the news, and wrote, "To my friend Chein Garcia one of the most talented & compassionate human beings. You'll be missed & never forgotten."

Cuba-born Garcia-Alonso's songs have also been recorded by Santana, La Mafia, Boyzone and Frankie Ruiz, among others.

The details of his death have not been revealed.