Jul 24, 2011 7:04 PM by Danielle Lerner

Cal Poly professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Ramos dies at age 63

Cal Poly professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Ramos was found dead in his Morro Bay home Saturday afternoon.

His co-worker and friend contacted the Morro Bay Police Department after she was unable to get in touch with Ramos for about a week. Officers eventually broke into Ramos's home and discovered his body in the hallway. At this time officers believe he died of natural causes, and friends say Ramos was recently struggling with his diabetes.

Ramos graduated from Cal Poly's Journalism Department in 1969, and spent 25 years as a reporter, editor, bureau chief and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.

He received three Pulitzer Prizes over the years, but made history with his first prize in 1984. Ramos was the first Chicano journalist to ever win the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service.

Ramos returned to Cal Poly in 2003 as Chair of the Journalism Department, and was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame in 2007. In the past two years, he's also worked as editor of CalCoastNews.

Ramos is survived by his brother.

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