After Blake Nordstrom's death, people are sharing stories of how the department-store heir touched their lives

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Blake Nordstrom and his wife, Molly Nordstrom, attend the Nordstrom Men's NYC store opening in April 2018.

  • Blake Nordstrom, a co-president of Nordstrom Inc. and great-grandson of the company's founder, died unexpectedly on Wednesday.
  • Many people, including those claiming to be current and past employees, took to social media to memorialize the executive as a kind man and crucial leader. 
  • "I spent just one summer at Nordstrom, but it surely impacted the rest of my life and career. Blake was an absolute legend and my heart breaks for his family," one person tweeted. 

Blake Nordstrom, one of the co-presidents of Nordstrom Inc., died unexpectedly on Wednesday at age 58.

Nordstrom was the co-president of Nordstrom Inc., which was founded by his great-grandfather. His death follows  his announcement on December 10 that he had been diagnosed the prior week with lymphoma.Advertisement

The news led to an outpouring of remembrances on social media, many from employees who worked at Nordstrom under the late co-president. 

People who worked with Nordstrom recalled his kindness and leadership at the company. 

"My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time. Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve," Nordstrom chairman Brad Smith said in a statement.

Nordstrom became president of Nordstrom, Inc. in 2000, assuming the title of co-president in 2015. He began his long career at the retailer working in the stockroom of a Seattle store in 1976, when he was still a teenager, Bloomberg reports.

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