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Nordstrom heir Blake Nordstrom dies at 58

Pedestrians walk past a Nordstrom store in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 11, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Ben Nelms.
Pedestrians walk past a Nordstrom store in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, on Jan. 11, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Ben Nelms.

Nordstrom Inc. Co-president Blake Nordstrom died early Wednesday morning at the age of 58, the department store chain said.

Blake Nordstrom died unexpectedly, the Seattle-based retailer said, less than a month after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

He had been co-president of the department chain along with his brothers Pete and Erik since May 2015.

Blake, along with his brothers, was heir to the sprawling retail business founded in 1901 by his great-grandfather John Nordstrom, a Swedish immigrant.

Blake’s tenure as co-president involved an attempt to take the company private in 2017 as it struggled with an industrywide sales slowdown.

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