Peter Cronkite, grandson of the late Walter Cronkite, found dead of apparent suicide

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Walter Cronkite's Grandson, 22, Commits Suicide at Colby College


Peter Cronkite was found dead at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, just weeks before he was set to graduate.

Waterville police responded to a medical emergency at a dormitory on Colby's campus; the call is listed on the police's log as an "unattended death."

The 22-year-old was the grandson of the late iconic evening news anchor Walter Cronkite, who was the anchor for CBS Evening News for almost two decades.

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An obituary in the New York Times indicated that Peter was a Classics major and had expressed interest in sports and sports journalism, having served as the sports editor for his university newspaper. Upon graduation he was set to receive the Foster Prize for Classical Civilization for achieving excellence in his major.

Colby College's president described him as having a "kind, incredibly likable personality."

His funeral will be held on May 2 in New York City.

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