William Graham, a lawyer and member of the family that owned and published the Washington Post for much of its history, died Dec. 20 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 69. Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office stated that the cause of death was suicide by gunshot wound.

According to his obituary in the Washington Post, William graduated from Stanford University in 1970 with a degree in history. He studied law at UCLA and worked as an attorney at the Washington firm Williams & Connolly before shifting to Los Angeles and teaching trial law at UCLA.