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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Body Shop Founder Roddick Dies

LONDON -- Anita Roddick, founder of beauty retailer The Body Shop and one of Britain's best-known businesswomen, has died at the age of 64 after suffering a major brain hemorrhage, her family said Monday.

Roddick founded The Body Shop in Brighton, southern England, in 1976, selling toiletries made from natural ingredients, and her brand became a byword for socially and environmentally responsible business.

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Roddick saw her business mushroom into an empire of more than 2,000 stores serving more than 77 million customers in 51 different markets. She sold her stake in The Body Shop to France's L'Oreal last year.

A multimillionaire, Roddick campaigned against human rights abuses and was an environmental activist. The mission statement of The Body Shop was: "To dedicate our business to the pursuit of social and environmental change."