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John Randolph

PASSINGS: John Randolph Hearst Jr., John R. Opel

PASSINGS: John Randolph Hearst Jr., John R. Opel

John Randolph Hearst Jr.

Grandson and heir of William Randolph Hearst

John Randolph Hearst Jr., 77, a grandson of media titan William Randolph Hearst and heir to the family fortune, died Friday in New York, Hearst Corp. said in a statement. The cause was not disclosed.

Nicknamed "Bunky," Hearst spent most of his career at the company his grandfather founded. Besides serving on the board, he was a trustee of the Hearst Family Trust and a director of the Hearst Foundations.

He also worked for Hearst publications, including as a news photographer for the New York Daily Mirror in the 1950s and as an editor for Motor Boating & Sailing...