KUALA LUMPUR: Karangkraf Media Group chairman Datuk Fickry Yaacub, 65, passed away on Friday night after suffering a heart attack at his residence in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Fickry, who was also a co-founder of the Karangkraf Media group, was instrumental in the setting up of the group's first daily newspaper, Sinar Harian, in 2006.
It went on to become the number one national language daily in the east coast.
His younger brother, Karangkraf Media Group managing director Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, said Fickry had been watching a local football match on television when he suffered the attack.
Former Perlis mufti professor Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who was a close associate of Fickry, described him as a "millionaire who was rich in humility".
Asri said Fickry was someone who had a sharp political mind.
"As a media man, his political analyses were very sharp. I consider him both a father and teacher to my political career."
Fickry was an educator at Maktab Adabi in Kota Baru and had set up the Adabi Gaya Pos postal education system with some friends.
He was also an executive producer for Akhbar Exclusive and chief editor of the defunct Watan newspaper.
Fickry leaves his wife, Datin Robiah Mohamed, and eight children.
He was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery after Zuhur prayers yesterday.