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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.

By Katherine Biek | July 6, 2015

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

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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."

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