Nordstrom co-president Blake Nordstrom died in Seattle on Wednesday at age 58, according to a news release from Nordstrom. He disclosed in December that he was battling lymphoma.
Nordstrom released a statement Wednesday afternoon:
It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Blake Nordstrom. Blake died in Seattle early this morning, January 2, 2019, at the age of 58. Executive leadership of Nordstrom will continue under company co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the family during this difficult time.
“My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time. Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have continued leadership from co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom,” said Nordstrom chairman of the board Brad Smith.
King County Executive Dow Constantine also released a statement:
"Blake Nordstrom lived a Northwest life. At his family's namesake company, he worked from the stockroom to the executive suites as it expanded from coast to coast.
He also devoted his energy and creativity to the community, serving for many years on the governing board of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, the predecessor to All Home. He focused on engaging businesses to be directly involved in tackling homelessness, whether as landlords, employers, or neighbors.
His dedication to his family and those who worked at Nordstrom, his commitment to shared prosperity for all, and his love for our region will surely be among his many legacies. He will be greatly missed.”
Nordstrom was founded in 1901 by the Nordstrom family and is still headquartered in Seattle.
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