Stephen Covey, author of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' dead at 79
July 16th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Stephen Covey, author of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,' dead at 79

Author Stephen Covey, whose "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" sold more than 20 million copies, died Monday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 79.

Covey's family issued a statement, reported by CNN affiliate KSL, saying he died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident.

"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one (of) his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," the statement said, according to KSL.

Covey was "one of the world's foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders," according to a biography posted on the website of his 2011 book, "The 3rd Alternative."

Other best-sellers by Covey include "First Things First," "Principle-Centered Leadership," and "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," according to the biography.

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  1. Tyler Durden

    Hey I have a habit for highly successful people... live till you're 80! My book is going to blow this guy's out of the water! lol

    July 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    From my younger years in the United States Air Force where I first heard of and formally learned the 7 habits. To later years as an adjuct professor, where I was sent to become an instructor in those same successful traits. Dr. Covey's beliefs, the mentoring offered by the company post class molded me and countless others to levels of professionalism we may not have achieved alone.

    My prayers are with the family as they heal, and I know the traditions will live on through his team.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
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