William Graham, Son of Legendary Washington Post Publisher, Commits Suicide Like his Father

William W. Graham. (Family photo)
William W. Graham. (Family photo)

A son of legendary former Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham shot himself to death in a suicide that’s eerily reminiscent of his dad’s more than 50 years ago, according to a report Monday.

William Graham, 69, died Dec. 20 at his home in Los Angeles, according to an obituary in the Washington Post, which quoted his brother Donald as saying the cause was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

William’s death came just two days before the Washington, DC, premiere of the movie “The Post,” which recounts the paper’s 1971 efforts to publish the infamous “Pentagon Papers” and features Oscar winner Meryl Streep as his late mom.

His father, Philip Graham, also committed suicide at age 48 by shooting himself with a 28-gauge shotgun in 1963, days after being released from a psychiatric hospital following six weeks of treatment.

The similarity between the two men’s deaths was reported by TMZ.

Katharine Graham — the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company — also ran the Post when it won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Watergate scandal that forced President Richard Nixon from office in 1974.

She died at 84 in 2001, several days after being knocked unconscious when she stumbled on a condo walkway in Sun Valley, Idaho.

William, a philanthropist who formerly worked as a lawyer and ran an investment firm, is survived by his wife, Sally Lasker Graham, and two children from the second of his four marriages, Alice Graham and Edward Graham; as well as his sister, journalist and Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth, and brothers Donald and Stephen Graham.

SOURCE: Bruce Golding 
New York Post