Philanthropist, publisher David Copley dies in La Jolla
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Philanthropist and newspaper heir David Copley, pictured above with Audrey Geisel, died Nov. 20 after crashing his car in La Jolla. VINCENT ANDRUNAS | Village News
Philanthropist and newspaper heir David Copley, pictured above with Audrey Geisel, died Nov. 20 after crashing his car in La Jolla. VINCENT ANDRUNAS | Village News
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Renowned San Diego philanthropist and newspaper heir David Copley, 60, died Nov. 20 after reportedly suffering a heart attack and crashing his Aston Marin into a parked car on Silverado Street near Eads Avenue around 6:15 p.m., according to published reports. When paramedics arrived at the scene, they administered CPR on Copley until an ambulance took him to Scripps Memorial Hospital, where lifesaving efforts continued. Copley was pronounced dead at 8 p.m.

According to reports, Copley had been chairing a board meeting at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego around 4 p.m., when he left the meeting feeling ill. Copley was serving as the board’s president.

Copley, a well-known figure in the La Jolla community where he lived, was owner and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune until its sale in 2009. His family’s wealth from its Copley News Service, an estimated $1 billion plus publishing company at its peak, was spread throughout San Diego for philanthropic endeavors in the arts, education and medical research, among others.

“Family and friends are heartbroken to announce the passing of a gentle soul, David C. Copley,” said Copley’s close friend, Dr. Robert Singer, outside Scripps Hospital Tuesday night. “He was the kindest and most wonderful friend anyone could ever wish for. His generosity, sense of humor and joy in life will be greatly missed.”



— Staff and contribution

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