Former Philadelphia NAACP President dies at age 65

Publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and former President of the Philadelphia NAACP, Jerome Whyatt Mondesire died Sunday evening at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

Mondesire was 65-years-old and was in the company of family and close friends. 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.

His family released the following statement:

The family of Jerome Whyatt Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and former president of the Philadelphia NAACP died Sunday evening - October 4th at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mondesire, 65 was with family and close friends. Details about the memorial service are forthcoming. The family wants to thank everyone for their love and support.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.