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Author, motivational speaker Stephen R. Covey dies

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Motivational speaker and author of '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' has passed away in Idaho. He was 79 years old.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Motivational speaker and author of '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' has passed away in Idaho. He was 79 years old.

Dr.Covey was injured in an April bicycle crash in Provo. He was released from the Utah Valley Medical Center to continue his recovery at home in May.

79-year-old Covey is most famous for the best-selling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. According to Covey's website, the book was named the #1 most influential book of the Twentieth Century.

A spokesperson for the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center confirmed that Covey passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Monday.

Stephen's son Sean later released a statement, saying:

Our beloved husband and father, Stephen R. Covey, passed away peacefully in the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center at 2:15 this morning, due to the residual effects of a bike accident he suffered this past April. He was in his 80th year. In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, as we sang him his favorite hymns, just as he always wanted. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for all of the love and prayers that have been showered upon Stephen and our family from all around the globe over the past several months.

All our love,

The Stephen R. Covey Family


Later on Monday, tributes to Covey began to pour in from other prominent Utahns.

From Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert:

"Jeanette and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our good friend, Stephen R. Covey. His combination of intellect and empathy made him a truly unique and visionary individual. The skills he taught and, as importantly, the personal example provided by the life he led, will continue to bless the lives of many. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife Sandra and the entire Covey family."

From U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch:

"Utah lost a great leader today. His innovative thinking and common-sense approach to business, success and life has been taught to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world and will be followed for generations. He deeply cared about others, his family, and our country and will be missed by many. Elaine and I send our sympathies to his family and to those who have been touched by this great man."

From U.S. Senator Mike Lee:

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Stephen Covey, who passed away this morning at age 79 in Idaho Falls. He was loved and respected by many and will most certainly be missed. He was an inspiration to millions, a revolutionary problem solver, and an icon for business managers everywhere. It is impossible to calculate the immense amount of good that Stephen Covey did for so many people. His insight helped to shape the future of an untold number of businesses, resulting in better jobs and indeed better lives for people around the world.”

The flags at the Franklin-Covey facility near I-215 were flying at half-staff later on Monday.

Stay tuned to ABC 4 News and ABC4.com for more on this story.


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