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Billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman Sr. Dies at 84, Foundation Says

Billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman
Billionaire Edgar M. Bronfman takes part in a press conference on anti-Semitism, April 27, 2004 in Berlin. Bronfman, who led Seagram Co. for 23 years before retiring at 65, has died at the age of 84. Photographer: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., the second-generation heir who expanded the Seagram Co. empire with profitable oil, gas and chemical investments, has died. He was 84.

Bronfman, who was a long-serving president of the World Jewish Congress, died yesterday at his home in New York surrounded by his family, the Samuel Bronfman Foundation said in a statement on its website.

“Edgar was a giant among Jewish leaders, and a mentor and friend to everyone associated with the Samuel Bronfman Foundation,” foundation Executive Director Dana Raucher said in the statement. “He was the first of his kind, a titan of industry that dedicated himself fully to advocating, advancing and encouraging the Jewish people.”

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