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Don Tyson Passes Away

January 11, 2011
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The Associated Press reports that former Tyson Foods Inc. chief executive Donald J. Tyson, who led his family''s poultry company from being a regional producer to dominance in the industry, died last Thursday. He was 80. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson said Tyson died from complications from cancer, and passed away at home with his family. Tyson joined the business his father had founded and later became its president, then chief executive and chairman. He built up the company by acquiring other businesses through the 1970s and ''80s, and it became the world''s largest poultry producer when it bought Holly Farms in 1989.

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