(CNN) — Ben Bradlee, the former top editor of The Washington Post who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, has died, the newspaper said Tuesday. He was 93.
Bradlee began end-of-life care at his home last month after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for several years. He was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991, during which time the paper covered the downfall of President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal.
“He was diagnosed a while ago, but it became obvious that he had a serious problem about two years ago,” his wife, Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn, said in a C-SPAN interview Sunday.
In November, President Barack Obama awarded Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to civilians.
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