Katie Couric and father John Couric Katie Couric and father John Couric

John M. Couric, father of news anchor Katie Couric, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 90.

A private service will be held for Couric, who died Wednesday at a Virginia Hospital in Arlington of complications from Parkinson's disease, said his son, John M. Couric Jr.

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In a case of the apple not falling far from the tree, Couric began his career as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution and United Press. Before he retired as a writer in 1985, he worked in public relations.

The news of Couric's death was first reported by The Washington Post.