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. Grassy Knoll

    Sad,sad

    July 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DefyTheGods

      Not so sad. Mr Covey lived a good life writing books I've spent hours reading. He's helped a great many people. I hope I'm fortunate enough to die having lived my life as fully as he lived his.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rhope

    He sure made a mark on many people. The book is certainly a best seller.
    RIP Steve

    July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mental

    One less highly effective person in the world. They are getting harder to find..

    July 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peace2All

    Several years ago, I was a keynote speaker with Stephen Covey. I got to meet the man, and it's a very sad day indeed.

    Stephen Covey... RIP.

    Peace...

    July 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LarryH

    A true loss. Blessings and peace to the Covey family.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victor McCraw

    Thank you Stephen Covey. You gave us guidance on how to live well and to leave a legacy, and you are doing just that. Rest in peace sir.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reilleyfam

    The 7 Habits greatly improved my life & Dr. Covey seemed like a very nice man = RIP.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anatoly

    Great writer, great person!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jasper Quince

    Great article. Care to be a little more informative...
    ?

    July 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ashley

    I know I'm a bit young (27 years old), but Stephen Covey has been a huge influence on my father and myself. Rest in Peace, Stephen. Your legacy will live on longer than anyone could imagine. You've taught many people valuable lessons for life both personally and professionally. <3

    July 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. eric

    Think RIP-RIP.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bailey

    I am both shocked and devastating - loosing Dr. Covey is like loosing a mentor and friend.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bailey

      Oops, both shocked and devastated....

      July 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guhit

    RIP Sir. I was scheduled to attend your signature training for the next three days.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joe

    I never read his book...just too busy.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The 8th Habit of Highly Effective People
    They don't p!ss away thier life on CNN Blogs.
    Good Afternoon Y'all ! 😉

    July 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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