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Toys 'R' Us' Founder Has Died

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Charles Lazarus, the founder of retail chain Toys ‘R’ Us, has died at the age of 94. His death comes just a week after the company announced its plans to close its US and UK stores.

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Born in in 1923, Lazarus founded Toys ‘R’ Us in 1948, and was the company’s CEO until 1994. He remained chairman until 1998.

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In addition to founding the company, Lazarus was responsible for two of its most iconic representations: the backwards “R” in the logo, and the company’s mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe.

Lazarus died earlier today in Manhattan, Bloomberg reports.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Probably died of a broken heart seeing his empire crumbling.