Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick has died at the age of 64. Dame Anita leaves her husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine behind after suffering a major brain haemorrhage. In February this year, Dame Anita revealed she was carrying the hepatitis C virus. She was famous for the Body Shop but also gained international recognition for championing many causes closes to her heart, from green issues to human rights and Third World debt.
Adrian Bellamy, chairman of Body Shop International, said: "Anita leaves us with an enduring legacy which will long guide the affairs of The Body Shop. Our heartfelt condolences are with the Roddick family at this sad time." Brendan Cox, executive director of Crisis Action, a charity funded by Dame Anita, said: "Anita was an inspiration. She showed the scale of what you can achieve when you fight for it. Her energy, ambition and idealism will be an inspiration to thousands for years to come.
"Anita challenged social entrepreneurs to raise their game. Enough bring and buy sales, let's change the global economy. She showed that tinkering at the edges wasn't where we should stop, we should get involved, get our hands dirty and change the world trying." Dame Anita founded the Body Shop in 1976 to create a livelihood for herself and her two daughters. he company spiralled into a global phenomenon despite the fact that Anita came into the retail world completely raw - with no business background. Thirty years on, the firm is a multi-national business with over 2,000 stores serving over 77 million customers in 51 different countries.