Burt's Bees Co-Founder Dies Of Respiratory Complication

Burt Shavitz, who co-founded the natural cosmetics company Burt's Bees in 1984, died Sunday from a respiratory complication.
SMS
Burt's Bees Co-Founder Dies Of Respiratory Complication

The co-founder of the natural cosmetics company Burt's Bees died Sunday

A company spokeswoman told USA Today Burt Shavitz passed away from a respiratory complication. He was 80 years old. 

Shavitz teamed up with Roxanne Quimby to co-found Burt's Bees in 1984. They started off selling candles made from beeswax, before expanding into beauty products in the early 1990s

Clorox ended up purchasing the company for $925 million in 2007. 

After the acquisition, Shavitz was still featured in plenty of videos on Burt's Bees' social media accounts. 

He was also the subject of a 2013 documentary called "Burt's Buzz."

"It wasn't as if I'd summoned these bees down or gone looking for them. It was an act of God. I mean, it was a no-brainer."

A statement was placed on the Burt's Bees website Sunday, which reads in part, "We remember [Shavitz] as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land. Above all, he taught us to never lose sight of our relationship with nature."

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Featured Stories
The U.S. Army in 1992 LA riots.

Something We Haven't Seen Since The 1992 LA Riots

Charmaine Yoest

Anti-Abortion Activist Gets A Top Post At Department Of Health

President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum.

Trump Seeks To Reinvigorate His Base With A Speech At The NRA