Stephen Covey, author of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' dies

Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestselling motivational book " The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died on Monday at an Idaho hospital from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident in April, family members said in a statement. He was 79.

Covey, a former professor at Brigham Young University in Utah, founded an executive training center in Salt Lake City that merged in 1997 with Franklin

it was his seminal self-help guide to success in business, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change," published in 1989, that made Covey a brand name.

He went on to write several more bestsellers about business management, including "Principle-Centered Leadership," became a favorite motivational speaker on the Fortune 100 circuit and served as a personal consultant to organizations ranging from Procter & Gamble to NASA.

Covey was recognized in 1996 as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, and was named among the world's top 50 business thinkers in 2011 by Thinkers50, a group that compiles that list every other year.

His "7 Habits" title has sold more than 20 million books in 38 languages worldwide, and the audio version has sold over 2 million copies, more than any nonfiction book ever released on tape, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.

The book spent five years on the New York Times bestseller list and begat a number of sequels, including his 2004 title, "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," and his final work, "The 3rd Alternative," published last year.

He died at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls "due to the residual effects of a bike accident he suffered this past April," his family said in its statement.

Covey fell off his bike and suffered severe head injuries requiring hospitalization on April 19 during a ride near his home in Provo, Utah, according to Provo police Sergeant Brandon Post.

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