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Author and Businessman Stephen R. Covey Dies


Bestselling author and businessman Stephen R. Covey died at the age of 79 Monday morning from injuries he endured in a bicycle accident three months ago.

Stephen Covey’s book: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was released in 1989 and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Along with being an author, Covey was a businessman and motivational speaker. He taught at both Brigham Young University and Utah State University. Covey’s son Sean wrote the bestselling book Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. He says the support after his father’s accident was overwhelming.

“It’s been amazing, you know, he suffered this bike accident on his mountain bike in April. The amount of love, and faith, and prayers from people from all over the world has been pouring in. Hundreds of letters, and emails, and texts, and packages,” he says.

Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett had known Covey since high school. The two were business partners at Franklin Quest.

“I remember his tenacity for the things that he believed in and his determination to follow through on them. I saw that as a missionary, I saw that in business,” Bennett says.

In 1996 Covey was named one of Time Magazines most influential people in America. He is survived by his wife Sandra, his nine children and more 50 grand and great grandchildren.

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