Barry Bingham Sr., who cultivated a Kentucky media empire based on his father's newspapers and dismantled it when internal bickering threatened his family, died at his home Monday at age 82.

The former owner and publisher of The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times learned late last year that he had a brain tumor.His newspapers, The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, won eight Pulitzer Prizes over nearly seven decades. In 1986, he sold the newspapers to Gannett Co.

Bingham's family empire began tottering in 1984 after its members began to squabble over money and control, prompting Bingham to place the properties on the market.