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. 303Wine

    Dr. Covey's book helped me to manage being a successful and loving only-parent, a multi-family-home owner and a career professional in a Fortune 500 setting, all while attending college nights (with High Honors). Ironic, yesterday – I was boxing up some old books to get sell off. "The 7-Habits of Highly Successful People" was in the "to sell" box, but I took a second look at it and pulled it back out. As I held the book in my hand I thought "this is the one book that influenced my success in life, I can't let this copy go." RIP Stephen Covey.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary Moe

    Lived his life to the fullest! He will surely be missed! RIP Stephen!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan Metz

    His description of "Sharpening the Saw" was part of my personal inspirtation for continuing to higher levels of education..

    July 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    Rest In Peace. My condolences to the Covey Family. His video on you tube helped me be fore effective with people. Rest In Peace

    July 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Covey.
    Rest in Peace.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jen

    I'm saddened by this news. I have always enjoyed his work and it has made a difference in my life.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrea

    I had the pleasure of reading his book suggested by my boss at the time. We practiced his 7 habits.....and we were a happy cohesive team. RIP

    July 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oshoraps

    @ 79, mr covey lived a full and fulfilling life. RIP sir.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Don

    Thanks you Sir for everything, and a life well lived.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sanjay

    Great people never die, they live forever....

    July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gooptah

    and ever and ever and ever and ever!

    July 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Rest In Peace Mr. Covey.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Rest in peace is a lovely way to express condolences, and if one doesn't wish to, one should say nothing at all.
    It is a non-religious way to show sympathy, and inserting it into this man's story is absurd.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Amended to read:
    Inserting a ridiculous opinion concerning RIP into this man's story is absurd.

    May Mr. Covey rest in peace.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Demarcus

    He musta not been too effective. Seeing he is all dead and stuff.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
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