A company in California has announced the death of its founder who died at age 89.
Billionaire entrepreneur Eben Upton died of natural causes on Tuesday at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr Upton, the father of the popular e-cigarette brand Liberty E Cigarette, had died a year earlier in Hawaii, a spokeswoman said.
The company was founded in 1961 and the name is a play on the e-cig brand Liberty.
Mr Adam Upton, who was also known as Eben Adam Upton Sr, had been the chairman of the company for almost 20 years and his wife is his daughter, Elizabeth.
Mr Eben was born in the US and moved to Hawaii in 1965 and had been involved in business for over a decade, according to the company website.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Our deepest wish is that he rest in peace and that his legacy continues to help others achieve the greatest of goals,” the company said in a statement.”
Eben was an entrepreneur who changed the world of e-cigarettes forever.
He was also a true pioneer of the use of nicotine as a medicine and was a passionate advocate for public health and environmental issues.
Eben will be sorely missed by our entire company, and his legacy lives on in our products and our community.”
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that contain nicotine but do not contain the harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes.
They are often seen as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco and have attracted a growing number of people who want to quit smoking.
However, there is growing concern about the long-term health effects of long-lasting use of e