Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune who funded conservative projects to discredit President Clinton, has died at age 82, the Associated Press reported Friday. 

Scaife, who was the owner and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, died early Friday at his home.


His death comes less than two months after he announced in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he had an untreatable form of cancer.

"“Some who dislike me may rejoice at this news," Scaife wrote in May 18 column for the paper. 

"Naturally, I can't share their enthusiasm.”

Since the Reagan presidency, Scaife spread his estimated $1.4 billion fortune around to groups pushing conservative ideals. 

He was closely tied to the investigation into President Clinton’s financial life and private life that helped lead to his impeachment in 1998.

Yet, in a dramatic turnaround, his paper endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2008.

For the past 50 years, he poured money back into Pittsburgh, including funding the art museum at The Carnegie.

This story was updated at 9:53 a.m.