Bernal Smith, Publisher and President of Tri-State Defender, Dies at 45

Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and Memphis civic leader, died Sunday at his home, his newspaper reported. He was 45.

The Defender, one of the country’s oldest African American newspapers, quoted a family spokesman as saying Mr. Smith was with family when he was found Sunday afternoon. Details weren’t immediately available.

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