Charles Cooper, 76

Charles Cooper, a former editor at the San Francisco Examiner, the old Hayward Daily Review and several other U.S. newspapers, died Jan. 19, 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He was 76 and died from complications after heart surgery.

“He was a really important part of San Francisco journalism,” said longtime friend Peter Bhatia, now editor of the Detroit Free Press. “San Francisco journalism is always unusual and crazy and fun. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, he was an important fixture in that newsroom who made a huge difference.”

Cooper retired in 2009 after serving as managing editor of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.