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Pietro Ferrero, food company scion, dies at 47

Pietro Ferrero, 47, the CEO of the Ferrero Group holding company that produces Nutella, Tic Tac mints and other confections and a scion of one of Italy's richest families, died on Monday after falling from a bicycle while on a business trip in South Africa.

Bijan Pakzad, 71, the ritzy fashion designer whose by-appointment-only Rodeo Drive boutique in Beverly Hills is billed as "the most expensive store in the world," died of a stroke on April 16 in Los Angeles. He claimed to have dressed 36 heads of state but swore never to name names (except in news releases that mentioned presidents Clinton, Obama and both Bushes).

Cyrus I. Harvey, 85, an entrepreneur who created two significant brands in disparate fields — Janus Films, a distributor of movies by international directors like Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa; and Crabtree & Evelyn, the purveyor of aromatic soaps and botanicals — died of a stroke on April 14 in Dayville, Conn.

Evelyn Einstein, 70, the granddaughter of Albert Einstein and whose tumultuous life included speaking four or five languages, earning degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and working as a dogcatcher, a cult deprogrammer and a police officer, died on April 13 in Albany, Calif.

Harold L. Volkmer, 80, a former Democratic U.S. representative from Missouri who was a brusque but effective voice against gun-control measures during his 10 terms in Congress, died of pneumonia on April 16 in Hannibal, Mo.

Juan Pedro Domecq Solis, 69, whose fighting bulls helped define the evolution of the bullfight in the late 20th century in Spain, adding artistry and then muscle to the ancient breed, died on Monday in a car crash in Higuera de la Sierra.

Roger Nichols, 66, a recording engineer whose meticulous studio work with Steely Dan and others earned him seven Grammy Awards, died of pancreatic cancer on April 9 in Burbank, Calif.

Pietro Ferrero, food company scion, dies at 47 04/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 7:31pm]
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