John S. Carroll, who led the Los Angeles Times to 13 Pulitzer Prizes during a five-year stint as editor, has died. He was 73.

Carroll died Sunday morning at his home in Lexington, Kentucky, where he was once editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, said his wife, Lee Carroll. He had been suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROYTZ'-felt YAK-ohb) Disease, a rare and debilitating neurological disorder.

Prior to taking over at the LA Times, Carroll was editor and senior vice-president at the Baltimore Sun from 1991 until 2000.

He left the Times in 2005, receiving a standing ovation from the newsroom when he announced his resignation.

The paper won 13 Pulitzers during Carroll's tenure, including seven in his final year. It would be his last newspaper job in a journalism career that spanned 40 years.