(WASHINGTON) -- Ben Bradlee, the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who died on Tuesday, will be remembered as "a lion in the field of journalism," Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said.
Bradlee died of natural causes at his home in D.C., the Post said on its website. He was 93.
"He was a fearless champion of the First Amendment and government accountability and will go down in history as one of the all-time greats," Mayor Gray said in a statement.
"Both our city and the country benefitted from his astute handling of such historic events as Watergate and the release of the Pentagon Papers," Mayor Gray added.
During his tenure, Bradlee steered the newspaper to national prominence, first by publishing Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers and then exposing the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
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