Newspaper editor Bill Thomas has died at the age of 89.

The former Los Angeles Times editor passed away on Sunday (23Feb14) in Sherman Oaks, California from congestive heart failure.

Thomas began his career as a copy editor in Buffalo, New York, but moved to California in the 1950s to work at a small weekly newspaper.

In 1962, he joined the Los Angeles Times, where he stayed until 1989, and guided reporters at the paper to nine Pulitzer Prizes for their work during his tenure.