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August 31, 2009


Former U.S. ambassador to Ireland

Richard Egan, who rose from street kid to the U.S. ambassador to Ireland after making millions of dollars founding data storage giant EMC Corp., has died. He was 73.

Egan, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in May, died at his Boston home, his family said in a statement Friday night. The family said Egan also suffered from emphysema, diabetes and high blood pressure. Egan was an electrical engineer and a former U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot who worked at Lockheed Martin, Honeywell and Intel before he co-founded data storage technology provider EMC in 1979.

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