Al Neuharth changed the way America used newspapers.
The man credited with evolving the format to short, easy to read stories with compelling pictures and graphics was 89 years old. The media icon also founded Newseum.
Neuharth died in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Neuharth said he wanted to put out what he termed a “bright, breezy, fun newspaper that would catch people's attention and not take itself too seriously.”
Neuharth ran Gannett news service for just over 15 years as it became the biggest newspaper company.
During that time the company’s revenue went from $200 million to more than $3 billion.
He retired in 1989.