Purdue Pharma has announced the death of one of its co-founders, Dr. Raymond Sackler. Dr. Sackler died on July 17, after a brief illness. He was 97 1/2 years old.

Dr. Sackler was a noted philanthropist, physician, entrepreneur, business leader, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many. For more than 50 years, Dr. Sackler and his wife contributed directly and through the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundations to areas spanning biomedical research, the physical and engineering sciences, and the arts.

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