OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) -- The founder of beauty-products company Aveda Corp. has died at his Wisconsin home.
A notice posted on the company's website says Horst Rechelbacher died in Osceola on Saturday after an illness. He was 72.
Rechelbacher was an Austrian immigrant who founded the Minneapolis-based company in 1978. He started with one salon before turning it into a larger company that he eventually sold to Estee Lauder Cos. for $300 million.
Aveda sells hair- and skin-care products for men and women.
Aveda Global President Dominique Conseil says Rechelbacher will be remembered for his vision and leadership. In a statement, Conseil says he brought holistic beauty to the industry, "connecting hair, face and body as one."
Rechelbacher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011.
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