Stephen R. Covey, the author of bestseller "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", has died at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, at the age of 79. According to a CNN report, Covey died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident.
Covey was hospitalized in April after he was knocked unconscious due to the bike crash on a steep road near foothills of Provo. His daughter revealed in May that her father had suffered some bleeding on his brain after the accident. However, doctor explained that there was no long-term damage done to the brain. Ever since his accident, Covey had been under acute medical watch.
"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," the statement said, according to a report by CNN.
Covey was also a former Brigham Young University business professor. At the university, he imparted his management theories aptly to his students.
Covey’s "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has been recognized by several organizations as the best management book released so far. They believe it is amalgam of real and ideal values of management. The principles and techniques mentioned in his book are applicable to every organization at every point of time. His book has sold more than 20 million copies so far and also translated into 38 international languages.
Covey’s friends and family were aggrieved at his sudden death. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert released a statement, saying he was "saddened" to hear of the death of Covey, a "good friend."
"His combination of intellect and empathy made him a truly unique and visionary individual," Herbert said. "The skills he taught, and importantly, the personal example provided by the life he led, will continue to bless the lives of many. Our hearts go out to his beloved wife Sandra and the entire Covey family."
In later years of his life, Covey started a management consulting business, which became very popular with major companies and government agencies. His other best-sellers include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership" and "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness".