Washington Post heir dies in suicide similar to his father’s


William Graham, a lawyer, philanthropist, investor and a member of the family that formerly owned The Washington Post, committed suicide last week, just as his father did more than 50 years ago.

Graham, 69, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. At the time of his death, he was at his home in Los Angeles, according to his brother, Donald E. Graham, a former Post publisher and chief executive.

The Post reported that Graham was a former attorney at Williams & Connolly, founded an investment firm, and was known as a humble philanthropist. Graham also taught trial law at the University of California at Los Angeles.

A report in the New York Post referenced the suicide of Graham’s father, Phillip, who, in 1963, at the age of 48, shot himself with a shotgun days after his release from a psychiatric hospital where he received treatment for more than a month.

According to Fox News, “Graham’s mother, Katharine, ran The Washington Post when it won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing then-President Richard Nixon’s Watergate Scandal. She is also portrayed in the upcoming film ‘The Post,’ which tells the story of the paper’s efforts to publish the ‘Pentagon Papers’ in 1971.”

The Post was owned by the Graham family for 70 years, ever since Graham’s grandfather, Eugene Meyer, purchased it in 1933. In 2013, the Grahams sold the newspaper to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million.

Graham is survived by his wife, Sally Lasker Graham; two children from the second of his four marriages; his sister, senior editor of The Washington Post, Lally Weymouth; and brothers Donald and Stephen Graham.

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