Published: Nov 21, 2012 1:25 AM EST
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 7:31 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) - UT San Diego says its former owner and publisher David Copley has died after a car crash near his home in La Jolla, Calif.

The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/UUG6Xf ) the 60-year-old Copley died at Scripps Memorial hospital Tuesday night about three hours after paramedics pulled him from his wrecked Aston Martin sports car.

Copley's friend Dr. Robert Singer announced the death outside the hospital. Copley was alone in the car, and the cause of the crash is unclear.

Copley was publisher of the newspaper then known as the San Diego Union-Tribune from 2001 to 2009, when it was sold to a private equity firm.

UT San Diego is the dominant newspaper in the nation's eighth-largest city. The Copley family owned it for 81 years, and the family's name is on many of the city's cultural institutions.