William J. Brink


Age: 89

Summary: former managing editor of the New York Daily News whose 1975 front-page headline FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD became an icon of American journalism and was said by Gerald Ford to have possibly cost him the Presidency in 1976, in which the headline was his interpretation of Ford's refusal to use federal money to alleviate New York City's 1970's fiscal crisis.

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Born: February 29, 1916

Died: July 1, 2005

Norwalk, Connecticut