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• Douglas Tompkins, who founded the clothing and retail companies North Face and Espirit and then used his considerable fortune to promote environmental causes and acquire enormous amounts of land that he preserved in their natural state, has passed away.

He was, according to reports, killed in a kayaking accident in Chile. He was 72.

He spent much of his later life in South America, and once told a newspaper that "we only have one shot at this ... We need to pay our dues to live on this earth; we need to pay the rent and I’m doing that with the work we are carrying out here in Patagonia."
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