Tributes after Body Shop founder Roddick dies

  • 11 September 2007

The founder of the Body Shop and environmental campaigner Dame Anita Roddick has died after suffering a major brain haemorrhage.

The 64-year-old was rushed to hospital after complaining of a sudden headache on Sunday.

Tributes have poured in for Dame Anita, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown stating she would be remembered as both a great campaigner and great entrepreneur.

Executive director of Greenpeace John Sauven said: “She was an amazing inspiration to those around her, not just in environmental and human rights issues, which were two of her passions.

“She was ahead of her time when it came to issues of how business could be done in different ways, not just profit motivated but taking into account environmental issues.

“When you look at it today, and how every company claims to be green, she was living this decades ago.

“She was a true pioneer.”

Earlier this year Dame Anita announced that she was carrying the hepatitis C virus. She said going public with the news could help highlight the issue as a ‘public health challenge’.

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