Walter Cronkite’s Grandson, Peter, Commits Suicide at College
Terrible news, guys. Famed newsman Walter Cronkite’s grandson, Peter Cronkite, was found dead in his Colby College dorm room on Sunday, April 26. The New York Times published an obituary for the 22-year-old this week and his family revealed that Peter ended his life mere weeks before he was set to graduate.
“His life on teams in school and area hockey leagues as a goalie was a great happiness in his life,” the obit reads. “As a Classics major he spent one summer course studying in Greece and another on an ancheological [sic] dig in Ostia, Italy.”
The obit goes on to remember Peter — the son of Walter (Chip) Cronkite III — as a film lover who, at nine years old, was the voice of Dennis the Menace for an animated movie.
Colby President David A. Green wrote a letter to the school community saying Peter was set to receive an award for excellence in his major and that the young man’s death has shaken the college.
“Peter’s death is devastating to his family, his many friends, and the entire Colby community,” David wrote. “Our hearts are heavy as we try to come to terms with this tremendous loss.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s friends and family during this difficult time.
If you are in an emotional or suicidal crisis or you believe a loved one may need help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online, or call 800-273-TALK.