Tino Duran, who led La Presa to be one of the most influential and respected bilingual newspapers in the country, has died following a two year long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Two years ago, at a City Hall news conference, Duran revealed his Alzheimer's diagnosis and turned over control of La Prensa to his daughter Nina, who announced her father's death on Facebook:
"I write this with a fragile heart. Our sweet, beautiful and loving daddy went to be with the Lord today. He passed peacefully in his sleep with my mama by his side."
Numerous San Antonio media figures commented how Duran's professionalism and constantly optimistic outlook changed their lives, and inspired them during their careers.
Duran and his wife bought La Prensa in 1989, and, in addition to bringing award winning bilingual journalism, also mentored numerous young Hispanic journalists.
PHOTO' NINA DURAN VIA FACEBOOK