Motivational Speaker Zig Ziglar Dies In Texas Hospital

Zig Ziglar (File)

DALLAS (November 28, 2012)--Motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar died Wednesday in a hospital in Plano after a short bout with pneumonia at the age of 86, his executive assistant, Laurie Magers, said.

According to his Plano-based company's website, Ziglar was a World War II veteran who grew up in Yazoo City, Miss., and then went to work in sales for a series of companies, where his interest in motivational speaking grew.

Ziglar was known for corporate training and motivational speeches that aimed to improve people's personal lives and careers.

His company includes more than a dozen other speakers who advocate "The Ziglar Way."

Ziglar wrote more than 30 books, including "See You at the Top" and "Over the Top."