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Zig Ziglar: Motivational speaker and author

Zig Ziglar wrote 30 books, and spoke about helping people achieve success in their careers and personal lives, in addition to a focus on Christianity, Zig Ziglar was a prolific speaker, who appeared with several U.S. presidents and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Ziglar passed on Wednesday.

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Rrenowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Ziglar was known for a focus on living a balanced life. He passed on Wednesday.

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 Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books and focused on positivity and leading a balanced life, died Wednesday in Texas. He was 86.

Ziglar died at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano, said his personal assistant, Jay Hellwig.

With an aim at helping people achieve success in their careers and personal lives, in addition to a focus on Christianity, Ziglar was a prolific speaker who appeared at events alongside world leaders including several U.S. presidents and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

"Mr. Ziglar was the same guy behind the closed doors as he was preparing for his presentations to thousands of people that he was when we were sitting at the kitchen table and he was reading the newspaper," Hellwig said.

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Prestonwood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham, Ziglar's friend and pastor, said Ziglar "truly was filled with faith."

"He was positive. He was hopeful. You just never heard negativity from Zig Ziglar," Graham said. "It wasn't just something he did on a platform. This was who he was. This is how he lived his life. And he helped so many people."

"He was a leader of leaders and a mentor of mentors and all that you can say," he added.

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