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Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Andrew Getty (2015)

    Andrew  Getty

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death at a Hollywood Hills home Tuesday of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known families in American history, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said. The death appeared to be from natural causes, Los Angeles County coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said, but it has been...

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  • Gary Ross Dahl, 78 (1936 - 2015)

    Gary Ross Dahl

    The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon.Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and...

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  • Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr. (2015)

    Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr.

    The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the city's best-loved Mardi Gras organizations, has died at age 83. A publicist for Dickie Brennan & Co., the restaurant group run by his son, said the elder Brennan died Saturday. Richard Brennan...

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  • Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    Robert Benmosche

    By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer at age 70, the company announced Friday.The company says Benmosche died Friday morning at NYU Langone Medical Center.Benmosche became AIG's CEO in August 2009, recruited for the job by the Obama...

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  • Donald Keough (2015)

    Donald Keough

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the company. He was 88.Keough served as the company's president and chief operating officer from 1981 to 1993. He is credited with expanding Coca-Cola into a more global presence and...

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