Seigenthaler dies peacefully at his home in Nashville, where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment, surrounded by family his father died peacefully at home. His son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr. says:
We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family. He was proud of his hometown, Nashville, and grateful for the opportunity to share his energy and passion with this community.
Phil Currie, retired senior vice president/news of Gannett:
He was a great teacher, storyteller, inspiration and friend. John will be painfully missed, but his ideals and his enthusiasm for them will live on in hundreds of people who benefited from knowing and learning from him.