Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, died July 16 at the age of 79 from injuries sustained in an April bicycle accident. 7 Habits was published in 1989 and has sold over 20 million copies to date and has been published in 38 languages.
President and CEO of Simon &Schuster Carolyn K. Reidy said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stephen R. Covey. Dr. Covey’s core principles, which he expanded upon throughout the years in many forums, including in his most recent book, The 3rd Alternative, have made a profound and positive difference in the personal and professional lives of millions of readers worldwide. Simon & Schuster is honored to have had a long lasting, company-wide and close association with Dr. Covey and his organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues at this time."