BILL BOYLE, 54 New York tabloid editor
Daily News senior managing editor Bill Boyle, whose cool head and sharp editing skills had made him a revered figure at the New York tabloid for the past 21 years, died Saturday after a long illness.
Mr. Boyle died at his New York home more than a year after he was diagnosed with melanoma, the newspaper announced Saturday. As recently as three weeks ago, Mr. Boyle was editing columnist Mike Lupica from a hospital room after surgery.
Mr. Boyle came from a newspapering family: His father, Samuel, was a legendary Philadelphia journalist and his brother Sam was a former bureau chief with the Associated Press. The Philadelphia native started his career at the Doylestown (Pa.) Intelligencer before moving to The News Journal in Wilmington, Del.
He then became city editor at the Philadelphia Daily News before heading north to take the same position at the Manhattan tabloid in 1986. During his time in New York, he guided much of the paper's coverage of major stories -- particularly the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.