WASHINGTON, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Allen H. "Al" Neuharth, founder of USA Today, the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, died Friday, April 19, 2013, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89.
Family members said he died of complications from a recent fall and passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Included among Neuharth's many professional achievements:
- Founder of USA Today, the nation's largest circulation newspaper, in 1982
- Founder of the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy, in 1991
- Founder of the Newseum, one of Washington, D.C.'s most popular attractions, located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. The interactive museum of news first opened in Arlington, Va., in 1997 and moved to Washington in 2008
- Founder of Florida Today, the Space Coast's newspaper, in 1966
- Founder of SoDak Sports, a weekly newspaper in his home state of South Dakota, in 1952. It went broke in 1954, and Neuharth often said it failed "because of my mismanagement."