Chuck Stone, 89, legendary Daily News columnist, dies

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, newspaper columnist Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Daily News in Philadelphia. Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89. Allegra Stone said that her father died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill. He'd been a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina for 14 years starting in 1991. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, newspaper columnist Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Daily News in Philadelphia. Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89. Allegra Stone said that her father died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill. He'd been a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina for 14 years starting in 1991. (AP Photo/File) (AP)
Posted: April 08, 2014

CHUCK STONE, 89, a legendary former Daily News columnist and former Tuskegee Airman, died today.

Stone died in his sleep early this morning at an assisted-living home in Farmington, N.C., relatives said.

From 1972 to 1991, he was a columnist for the Daily News. He was such a trusted figure in Philadelphia that more than 75 murder suspects surrendered to Stone rather than to law-enforcement authorities.

Stone was the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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