*According to the Dallas Morning News, Comer Cottrell, the co-founder of Pro-Line hair care products, has died.
Cottrell, one of the nation’s leading black businessmen, passed away Friday morning in his home in Dallas. He was 82. Cottrell’s cause of death was not made known at as of this posting.
In 1970, Cottrell and his brother founded Pro-Line, an African-American hair care products company. According to a Texas Monthly article, the company grew in three decades to a major success and included brands such Just for Me and Soft and Beautiful hair relaxers. The company was later acquired by Alberto-Culver for a reported $75 million.
“He was one of the most important business leaders in North Texas,” former Dallas mayor and current U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk told the Dallas Morning News. “When he moved Pro-Line to North Texas, it generated energy and excitement in the Dallas community.”
Before opening a chain of KFC restaurants, Curtis Ransom who worked with Cottrell, told the paper: “He was a great businessman. He was a pioneer in the black hair care products industry.”
Cottrell also had a small stake in the Texas Rangers, when George W. Bush was part-owner of the team.
Family members are asking for privacy and funeral arrangements are pending.
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