Stephen Covey, author of the global bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, died today at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. In a statement to employees of a Utah consulting firm Covey co-founded, his family said the 79-year-old writer and motivational speaker was pronounced dead this morning from complications suffered from a bicycle accident in April.
"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," his family said.
Covey was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious in the bicycle accident in the foothills of Provo, Utah, in April.
Born in Salt Lake City in 1932, he was named one of Time magazine’s top 25 most influential Americans of 1996 and his book made several lists as one of the most-successful business books ever.
The book and subsequent spinoffs sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Covey was also co-founder of Utah-based professional services company FranklinCovey.