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Southwest’s Founder Dies at 87

Southwest’s Founder Dies at 87
Ryan Boyd

Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher died on Thursday of unspecified causes at the age of 87. He was described in a press statement by Southwest Airlines as a “pioneer, a maverick, and an innovator,” and he is considered a luminary of budget-friendly airline travel after leaving his law firm in the 1960s with the intention of providing a low-cost flight option in Texas.

“Herb’s passion, zest for life, and insatiable investment in relationships made lasting and immeasurable impressions on all who knew him and will forever be the bedrock and esprit de corps of Southwest Airlines,” the statement went on to say.

Kelleher is survived by his wife Joan and their four children.

To read more on this story, go to CNN.

[Photo: David Woo/Corbis via Getty Images]

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