Son of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham commits suicide

Son of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham commits suicide William Graham, a member of the family that owned the Washington Post for decades, died at his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, his brother said. Donald Graham, a former publisher and chief executive of the Post, told the newspaper that his brother passed away on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles. William Graham was 69. William Graham worked as a lawyer in Washington before moving to Los Angeles, where he taught trial law, according to the Washington Post. Parents Philip Graham and Katharine Graham both served as leaders of the Post. Katherine Graham was publisher when the newspaper's coverage of Watergate helped bring down President Richard Nixon in the 1970s. The eldest Graham, 48, died in August 1963 after fatally shooting himself at his farm in Virginia and his death was ruled a suicide. He ran the Washington Post since 1946, and also bought Newsweek magazine in 1961, according to his New York Times obituary. Graham's son William was 14 at the time of his death.    William Graham's death came days before the release of the movie "The Post," which chronicled the newspaper's fight with the government over the release of the Pentagon Papers. Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham in the movie. His grandfather, Eugene Meyer, bought the paper in 1933, and it stayed with the family for 80 years. Graham was active in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era and would graduate from UCLA law school after attending Stanford, according to the Washington Post. He would later spend 20 years operating an investment firm that he founded, according to the newspaper. Sign up for BREAKING NEWS Emails privacy policy Thanks for subscribing! With Elizabeth Elizalde *************************************************************************** ••••INFORMATION --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Very excited to partner with other electronic newspaper pages. Please send me an email Thanks you for watching