Carroll Shelby, automotive legend and Mustang car builder, has passed away. According to reports, Shelby, who was 89 years old, passed away yesterday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The cause of death was not disclosed.
"We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll's family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry," said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and board member. "There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that."
As fate would have it, I was on a plane traveling hundreds of miles an hour at 30,000 feet when I received the news. Just like a jet airplane, Shelby was fast, and his cars were fast. He was, and always will be, an inspiration to this Ford Mustang enthusiast from Texas. No doubt, he will be greatly missed by me, and many others around the world.
Shelby is survived by his three children Patrick, Michael and Sharon, his sister Anne Shelby Ellison of Fort Worth and his wife Cleo. Funeral plans are not currently available. Donations to the Carroll Shelby Foundation are encouraged in lieu of flowers. Information about the Carroll Shelby Foundation is available at www.carrollshelbyfoundation.org.
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