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I have to think that even before he was diagnosed last year with stomach cancer he understood that when, if, his newspaper chain returned to health there was a good chance he wouldn't be around to see it. And he died Wednesday at the age of 53 with the renamed Sun-Times Media still beset, though CEO Jeremy Halbreich thanked him for the company's "bright future."
At least there's been a future. Buying the company was a considered act of altruism and civic responsibility — in a city whose general indifference to the state of its media is a little astonishing. As a former Sun-Times reporter, I'm grateful to him. Perhaps Tyree felt compelled by the moral weight of borrowed time — an expression we should hope cannot now be applied to the Sun-Times.