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May 30, 2015

American Express executive dies

The 55-year-old fell sick on a plane

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The 55-year-old president of American Express died Friday, according to a press release on the company's website.

Ed Gilligan got sick on a flight headed to the United States from Tokyo, the New York Daily News reported.

He passed out on the flight and resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

"This is deeply painful and frankly unimaginable for all of us who had the great fortune to work with Ed, and benefit from his insights, leadership and enthusiasm," a message from Kenneth I. Chenault, American Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"The mark of a true leader is followership, and Ed won the hearts and minds of many thousands. He was a champion of diversity and employee development, and his mentorship has helped create a legacy of strong leaders wherever he went. We mourn his loss, and we will have opportunities to share our memories of him more fully in the coming days. More details will be communicated next week," Chenault said.

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