Oregonian editor had heart attack after 'sex act' at woman's apartment

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The long-time editorial page editor at The Oregonian in Portland was with a 23-year-old woman at her apartment when he went into cardiac arrest over the weekend, authorities said.

Robert Caldwell, 63, was pronounced dead Saturday at a Portland hospital.

Caldwell became unresponsive after a sex act at the woman's apartment, and she called 911, the Oregonian reported.

According to Washington County sheriff's deputies, the woman said she met Caldwell at Portland Community College about a year ago and he had given her cash for books and other items in exchange for sex acts.

The woman also told deputies that Caldwell had not given her any money Saturday, and authorities decided against pursuing prostitution charges.

Deputies told Caldwell's family about his death Saturday night. He was married and had three daughters.

Before joining The Oregonian, Caldwell worked for The Register-Guard in Eugene, the Albany Democrat-Herald, and the Springfield News, and he was later publisher of The Outlook in Gresham.

He joined The Oregonian as a copy editor in 1983 and later held positions as regional editor, metro editor and public editor.

Caldwell led The Oregonian's editorial board since November 1995.

As a journalist and active member of professional organizations, one of Caldwell's greatest passions was achieving greater government transparency.

The Oregonian won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for editorials written under Caldwell's direction about abuses at the Oregon State Hospital.

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