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Blake Nordstrom, co-president of family’s Seattle-based company, dies at 58 – SFGate

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Blake Nordstrom, co-president of his family’s namesake company, Nordstrom, died Wednesday morning at the age of 58.

The Seattle company announced the fourth-generation Nordstrom retail leader died in Seattle January 2.

Less than a month before his death, Nordstrom filed a note with the Securities and Exchange Commission that disclosed his diagnosis of lymphoma.

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The note said that Nordstrom’s doctors were optimistic that his diagnosis was treatable. He said he was undergoing several months of chemotherapy.

Nordstrom chairman Brad Smith said in a statement, “My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time. Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have continued leadership from co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom.”

RELATED: Nordstrom family looks at going private

The Wall Street Journal reported that although he was diagnosed in early December, a company spokeswoman said they couldn’t confirm that was the cause of death.

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