Burt Shavitz, the Burt Behind Burt's Bees, Dies at 80

Burt Shavitz, who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees said in an emailed statement Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends. Shavitz is known for being a character from the backwoods of Maine, but he grew up around New York, served in the Army in Germany and shot photos for Time-Life before leaving the city. The company continued to expand, but Shavitz moved back to Maine. "Burt was a complex man who sought a simple life in pace with the seasons of nature on his land," the company said in a statement.



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