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Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dead at 80

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jul 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-05 22:14:17-04
Burt Shavitz died Sunday at the age of 80. (Getty Images)

Burt Shavitz died Sunday at the age of 80. (Getty Images)

DURHAM, N.C. — Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees has died, according to the company. He was 80.

Burt’s Bees posted a tribute to Shavitz Sunday evening announcing his death.

“It is with broken hearts that we must convey the saddest news: Burt Shavitz, our co-founder and namesake, has left for greener fields and wilder woods,” the company said.

The post went on to describe the legacy of the the health and beauty company’s namesake.

“We remember him 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. ”