Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Murray, dubbed the "best sports writer in history" by a longtime colleague, was unbowed by blindness and quick with a quip to the end.

Murray, 78, died Sunday, hours after the latest of his three-times-a-week columns took its customary place on the front page of the Los Angeles Times sports section.Murray died of cardiac arrest at his Brentwood home, Times sports editor Bill Dwyre said Monday.

At an age when many others might have retired, Murray continued to thrive despite being legally blind since 1979 and sidetracked by heart surgery in 1994.