Civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

 J. Wyatt Mondesire, middle, speaks to people gathered to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania's new voter identification law during the NAACP voter ID rally, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.


PHILADELPHIA -- Former Philadelphia NAACP president and journalist J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire has died. He was 65.

Mondesire's family says in a statement he died Sunday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. reports that Mondesire was having dialysis at a local hospital Friday when he suffered a brain aneurysm. He was transferred to Jefferson and placed on a ventilator.

Mondesire was the longtime leader of Philadelphia's NAACP. In 2014, the national NAACP ousted him and three local board members with whom he'd been feuding. The board members had questioned Mondesire's financial management of the Philadelphia chapter.

Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, was a former reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. A founding member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, he also was a community affairs host on WDAS-FM.