Gopal Raju, who founded India Abroad newspaper, passed away in New York early on Thursday morning.
The pioneering publisher-editor was 80.
India Abroad, which he launched in 1970, gave the growing Indian-American community a voice to express themselves, and quickly became an influential voice in the United States's ethnic media.
After he sold the newspaper to rediff.com in April 2001, he continued to be involved with the Indian-American media, notably the weeklies News India Times and Desi Talk.
He also founded the India Abroad News Service, later called the Indo-Asian News Service. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman last year.