Bill Wylie, a South Carolina lawmaker and former president of sportswear giant Umbro America in the late 1990s, has died of a massive heart attack while on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the Teton County coroner's office said. He was 70 years old.
Teton County deputy coroner Dave Hodges said Wylie, R-Simpsonville, died Saturday evening at the Jackson Lake Lodge.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Wylie and was a graduate of Stanford University. After he retired as president of Umbro in 1998, held the top post at Stone International and Cherith Valley Gourmet Preserves before becoming chief executive of Goodwill Industries from 2003-07. He ran for the South Carolina House in 2008.
House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham said in a news release Sunday that Wylie had quickly become a voice for the business community and a proponent of government reform in his short tenure in the Legislature.
"His years of experience in the private sector gave him tremendous wisdom," said Bingham, R-West Columbia. "Every House member sought his wise counsel on conservative issues."