Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Sidney Harman, chairman of Newsweek, dies at 92

Sidney Harman and U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), in 2009. (MIKE THEILER/Reuters)
Sidney Harman, the 92-year-old business tycoon who bought Newsweek for $1 from The Washington Post Co. last year, died Tuesday night from leukemia.

The Daily Beast posted a notification about Harman’s death on its site today:

Sidney Harman died last night of complications from acute myeloid leukemia at the young age of almost 93. He first learned of his illness one month ago and remained vigorously engaged as Executive Chairman of Newsweek, and Chairman of the Academy for Polymathic Study at the University of Southern California. He died in Washington, D.C., a city he loved and supported in so many ways, surrounded by his wife and children. Funeral arrangements will be private. Celebrations of Sidney's extraordinary life will be held both in Washington and Los Angeles, at dates still to be determined.

Tributes on Twitter started the moment the Daily Beast announced his death:

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