Body Shop founder Anita Roddick dies

LONDON, Sept 11, 2007 (AFP) – Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop cosmetics chain, died on Monday evening after suffering a major brain haemorrhage, her family said. Roddick, 64, was with her husband and two daughters at a hospital in Chichester, southern England, when she died at 6:30 pm (1730 GMT).

She had been admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening, having collapsed after complaining of a sudden headache.

“Mrs Roddick was admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and her husband Gordon and two daughters, Sam and Justine, were with her when she died,” a statement from the family said.

Roddick announced in February that she was suffering from the viral disease hepatitis C, contracted through a blood transfusion during the birth of her youngest daughter, Sam, in 1971. She also suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, a common long-term effect of the disease.

At the time, she said hepatitis C had to be given more prominence as a “public health challenge,” adding: “What I can say is that having hep C means that I live with a sharp sense of my own mortality, which in many ways makes life more vivid and immediate.”

“It makes me even more de