Legendary New York Post Reporter Steve Dunleavy died for unknown reasons at home on Long Island Monday at age 81
The heavy-duty Dunleavy, born in Australia, was known for his love for life as much as he was for his commitment to journalism. The paper, where he spent most of his iconic career, described Dunleavy as "the hard-hitting, hard-drinking journalist who helped define The New York Post as a criminal reporter, editor, and premier colonist."
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Post's editorial card called Dunleavy "heart" of the paper that helped transform the record "into a roaring must-read that New Yorkers loved or hated – or both – after its purchase of Rupert Murdoch in 1976.
"Steve Dunleavy was one of the greatest journalists of all time."
"Steve Dunleavy was one of the greatest journalists of all time," said Murdoch Post. "Steve & # 39; s life story is filled with big scoops. He was very much loved by both his colleagues and editors. His passing is the end of a great era."
Dunleavy's journalism career began at the age of 14 when he worked as a copy boy for the Australian tabloid who used his father as a photographer. He quickly jumped ship to a rival paper where he competed competitively with his own father for scoops. Dunleavy moved to the United States in 1966 after working in Hong Kong, London and the Bahamas.
Murdoch employed Dunleavy in 1967 for a number of roles before naming him the post's crime reporter in 1976 – just the time of breathing the infamous "Son of Sam" murder.
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Dunleavy left the post in 1986 to report air to "A Current Affair", but later returned to the paper and wrote a daily column until he retired in 2008. He was recognized for his admiration of the New York Police Department, who often celebrated Dunleavy as one of their own.
"As someone so deeply aware of the city, he knew how difficult and demanding the job is," said former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly to the post on Monday.
Dunleavy, an Australian media hall for fame in 2017, is surrendered by his wife Gloria and their two sons Pete r and Sean, according to the post.