ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Thompson H. Lang, who published New Mexico's largest newspaper for more than four decades, has died. He was 69.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Thompson H. Lang, who published New Mexico's largest newspaper for more than four decades, has died. He was 69.

The Albuquerque Journal announced Lang's death over the holiday weekend (http://bit.ly/1OfZc46), reporting that the former publisher died early Saturday after a long illness.

Lang was remembered as a supporter of open government and a vigilant opponent of public corruption. His support helped to establish the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

He also was a successful developer, philanthropist, musician and pilot.

Lang became publisher of the Journal in 1971 at age 24 after the death of his father, C.T. Lang. He served as president of the Journal Publishing Co. and the Albuquerque Publishing Co., which prints and distributes the newspaper.

Lang's brother, Bill Lang, succeeded him as publisher in 2012.