‘7 Habits’ author dead at 79

Added by on July 16, 2012

Stephen R Covey / Image: Portal Abras via Flickr

Stephen R. Covey the author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” – first published in 1989 – has died at 79.

Covey was hospitalized on Sunday July 15 after an April bicycle accident that left him unconscious in Provo, Utah – near 2773 Foot Hill DR. – about 45 miles (72km) south of Salt Lake City. Covey died in Idaho Falls, Idaho, early on Monday as a result of complications from the bicycle accident in April.

A statement, by Covey’s family, sent on Monday to employees of the consulting firm co-founded said, “…he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted.

Doctors at the time of the April bicycle accident told Covey’s daughter, Catherine Sagers, there was a small amount of bleeding and swelling around Covey’s brain, even though he was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time.

Witnesses said Covey went down a hill very quickly and flipped forward on the bicycle. Covey’s daughter said it was suspected that his helmet may have slipped backward as his head hit the pavement. Covey also suffered broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

Covey was the author of four books which included the 1989 published book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, which has sold more than 25m copies in 38 languages.