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Former New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Dead At 86

Allison Cowles and Arthur Sulzberger Sr. (Photo by Bowers/Getty Images)

Allison Cowles and Arthur Sulzberger Sr. (Photo by Bowers/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger has died at age 86.

The newspaper reported that his family said Sulzberger died Saturday at his home in Southampton, N.Y., after battling a long illness. He had retired in 1992 after three decades at the paper’s helm, and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Jr.

Sulzberger’s family has controlled the newspaper since his grandfather Arthur Ochs acquired it in 1896.

The company has struggled in recent years, but during Sulzberger’s tenure it reached new levels of influence and profit.

The paper received more than 30 Pulitzer Prizes and won a historic 1964 legal ruling that strengthened First Amendment protections for the press.

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