Self-help author dies

Convey wrote Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

SALT LAKE CITY Considered a pioneer in the self-help genre, author Stephen R. Covey had an enormous impact on the corporate world and the personal lives of millions.

The well-known motivational speaker and author of the best-selling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold more than 20 million copies in 38 languages, died Monday at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, suffering from complications from a bicycle crash, his family said.

In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted, the family said.

He was 79.

Covey was hospitalized in April after being knocked unconscious in a bike crash on a steep road in the foothills of Provo, Utah, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Covey was the co-founder of Utah-based professional services company FranklinCovey. He lived with his wife in Provo, and has nine children and 52 grandchildren.