New York (dpa) - Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger died on Saturday after a long illness, the newspaper said.
He was 86.
He was publisher of the newspaper and chairman and chief executive of the New York Times Company for more than 30 years, up through the 1990s.
His death was announced by his family. He died at his home in Southampton, near New York.
He was perhaps most famous for his decision in 1971 to publish a series of articles on a secret US government history of the Vietnam war known as the Pentagon Papers.
Resisting demands from the administration of US President Richard Nixon to stop publication of the articles, the New York Times eventually won a case at the Supreme Court that was seen as a landmark ruling in favour of press freedom.
His grandfather, Adolph S Ochs, bought the New York Times in 1886. Sulzberger took the influential newspaper and turned it into a nationwide institution that became the heart of a major media operation.
His son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr, is the present chairman, chief executive and publisher of the New York Times Company.
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