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