Stephen Covey, a former Brigham Young University professor who was most famous for his bestselling self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1989, died Monday at an Idaho hospital from complications after a bicycle accident he suffered last April while riding down a hill near his home in Provo, Utah. Covey was 79 years old.

After the bike accident occurred, Covey was hospitalized for two months, having a head injury, cracked ribs and a partly collapsed lung. Debra Lund, a spokesperson for FranklinCovey, a leadership and consulting company Covey cofounded, revealed that Covey "never fully recovered" after the accident, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Covey, a devout Mormon, later went on to pen First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, and The 8th Habit. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandra Covey, their nine children, 52 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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