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Richard Ramirez of 'Mercury News' Found Dead in Home

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Richard Ramirez of 'Mercury News' Found Dead in Home

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Richard Ramirez, the well-known San Jose Mercury News editor/reporter, was found dead Wednesday at his home in Livermore. He was 44.

Police are investigating, but did not release any other information.

"Rich's death is a tragedy that has stunned all of us," said Carole Leigh Hutton, Mercury News executive editor, said in an article in the paper. "He had a gentility about him that made him very easy to work with, but his professionalism and commitment to this newspaper and its community were always clear."

Part of the newspaper's account continues below.

*Ramirez, 44, came to the Mercury News in 1984 as an intern and went on to hold several positions, including reporter, assistant state editor and his most recent role as assistant to the executive editor.

Ramirez had been active in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and served as chairman of the local planning committee that helped host the group's annual convention in San Jose last week. …

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