WASHINGTON: Richard Mellon Scaife, a generous donor to US conservative causes and heir to a sizeable banking fortune, died Friday according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper that he owned. He was 82.
In a column that appeared in the publication in May, Scaife said he suffered from “an untreatable form of cancer”. “Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news. Naturally, I can’t share their enthusiasm,” he wrote.
Conservatives across the country paid tribute to Scaife on Friday, with Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich writing on Twitter that the billionaire was “a remarkable patriot, philanthropist and conservative activist. His passing today is a great loss to America”.
Current House Speaker John Boehner, also a Republican, tweeted “RIP Dick Scaife. Great newspaperman. Set the highest standard. True patriot for first principles we honor today”.
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